The study, part of a larger collaboration between BMSG and the Hope and Heal Fund, revealed several promising findings:
- News coverage of gun violence, including police violence, is on the rise;
- Reporters are increasingly identifying the role of racism in perpetuating violence, with 25% of articles about police violence mentioning “racism” in the lead paragraph; and
- Prevention is gaining visibility, with 10% of gun violence news stories addressing prevention in the lead paragraph.
Hope and Heal Fund Executive Director Brian Malte and Pamela Mejia, who leads the research team at BMSG, will share more research findings; discuss implications for reporters, advocates, and funders both within and outside of California; and talk about next steps for the fields of violence prevention and journalism.
We hope you’ll join us to further the conversation behind news coverage on gun violence and firearm suicide.