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Webinar: Reporting on the Tough Issues

November 9, 2012 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


This webinar is co-presented by the Minnesota News Media Institute and Online Media Campus.

Reporting on the Tough Issues
The Role Media Can Play in Suicide Education

The media can play a powerful role in educating the public about suicide, including ways to prevent it and ways to help readers deal with it and other emotional issues.

In this webinar we will discuss:

  • The relationship between bullying and suicide.
  • Safe and responsible ways media can cover suicide.
  • How to use stories to inform readers of causes, warning signs, trends and treatment advances.
  • How to avoid reporting ways that may lead to suicide contagion.
  • National media recommendations for safe reporting.

In today’s society, reporters must report on an alarming number of sensitive stories, particularly those involving young people.  Each of the techniques and tools discussed in this program will be applicable for coverage of delicate topics.

The Presenters …  

Wylie Tene joined the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as public relations manager in December 2005.  As a lead collaborator on the revised media recommendations, Tene has expertise on the issue of suicide contagion and the role media can play in informing the public about suicide prevention.  In this role, he is responsible for working with news organizations and journalists on best reporting practices and safe messaging with regards to suicide.  Tene also is responsible for all media outreach and overseeing the foundation’s social media communications.



Emily Bazelon is the author of “Sticks and Stones: Bullying and How To Solve It,” to be published by Random House in February 2013. She is also a senior editor at Slate, a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School. Before joining Slate, she worked as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, and lives in New Haven with her husband and two sons.



Deadline to register for the $35 fee is Tuesday, November 6. A $10 late registration fee begins on Wednesday, November 7.

Register online now: http://www.onlinemediacampus.com/2012/10/reporting-tough-issues/


November 9, 2012
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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