News media coverage of mass shootings: A conversation

This session will begin with several lighting talks to seed the conversation:
— Nicole Dahmen, University of Oregon. Dahmen’s peer reviewed research is widely published; see a synopsis here at The Conversation.
— Lori Shontz, University of Oregon: Shontz partnered with Dahmen to publish Reporting Roseburg, findings from interviews with journalists and community members after a shooting in Roseburg, Oregon.
— Lauren McGaughey, Dallas Morning News: After covering a mass shooting in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, McGaughey wrote an apology to the townspeople for the news media’s behavior.
— David Hogg and/or Rebecca Schnied, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. Both are student journalists at the high school who have covered the mass shooting and its aftermath.
— Adam Lankford, University of Alabama: Lankford is a criminologist whose peer-reviewed research on mass shootings includes a focus on news media coverage.

After the lightning talks, Shontz and Dahmen will facilitate a conversation between the speakers and the rest of the room to raise key questions and big issues. Attendees will get time in small groups to discuss they can make to their coverage. Groups will report out at the end of the session.

Suggested Speaker(s)

  • Lauren McGaughey
    reporter, Dallas Morning News
  • Adam Lankford
    associate professor, University of Alabama Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice