Your Call: How should journalists cover mass shootings?

Jun 15, 2017

This week we’ll talk about the shootings at a practice for a Republican Congressional baseball team outside of DC. We'll also look at media coverage of mass shootings in general, including yesterday’s shooting at a UPS facility here in San Francisco.

These events often trigger brief discussions of the pros and cons of gun control. And then the dialogue fizzles. How can journalists help take the conversation further?

 

Guests: 

Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones

Amanda Marcotte, politics writer for Salon

Kurtis Lee, political reporter for the Los Angeles Times

 Resources:

 

Kudos:

 

Vox: We asked 8 Senate Republicans to explain what their health bill is trying to do

LA Times: In a time when the country is deeply divided, baseball unites

NY Times: The Mortification of Jeff Sessions

Mother Jones: Sessions: Trump Never Showed Interest in Russian Hacking

Mother Jones: The Most Shocking Revelation From the Sessions Hearing

 

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SF Gate: UPS gunman had complained to management, but killed fellow drivers

 

Mother Jones: Anti-Trump Rage May Not Adequately Explain the Congressional Shooting

 

LA Times: Another shooting, and once more Democrats call for gun control, while Republicans defend gun rights

 

Salon: Lessons of the “baseball shooting”: Gun violence feeds on itself — and even now Republicans won’t listen

 

Salon: Don’t miss the point on Alexandria and San Francisco: There is a solution for mass shootings

 

FAIR: Action Alert: With Sleazy Innuendo, NYT Lays Virginia Attack at Bernie Sanders’ Feet

 

Vox: Rep. Mo Brooks saw his colleague get shot. It didn’t change his mind about gun control

 

The New Yorker: Mass Shootings Haven’t Changed the Gun-Control Debate

 

The New Yorker: The Link Between Domestic Violence and Mass Shootings

 

The Daily Beast: The Gunman, the Congressman, and the Law