This training will examine how current reporting styles and methods affect trauma and often perpetuate stereotypes, and will equip journalists with the tools needed to reframe the conversation about violence and trauma in ways that are helpful and more accurate.
The media is highly influential in creating or changing the discourse of the general public and can play a critical role in generating new norms. These new norms lead to new behaviors that can ultimately prevent the epidemics of violence and trauma. This media training will equip journalists with the tools needed to reframe the conversation about violence and trauma. The training examines how current reporting styles and methods affect trauma and often perpetuate stereotypes. Participants are provided with examples and opportunities for application through exercises that explain why the current narrative needs to be shifted, what language helps or hinders progress, and who needs to be the central focus of the conversations. Suggested protocols will be offered for participants to consider so the trauma is not perpetuated in media form – similar to suicide prevention efforts. Journalists will leave with a new understanding including the science behind violence and trauma and equipped to report in ways that are helpful in reducing violence and trauma with neutral reporting practices (and thus not promoting harmful practices or legislation).