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How to Change the Coverage of Mass Shootings

In this clip from Charlie Brooker’s BBC show “Newspipe,” after the Winnenden school shooting in 2009, a forensic psychiatrist lays out guidelines for reporting on massacres without promoting new ones. The bullet points:

If you don’t want to propagate more mass murders:

  • Don’t start the story with sirens blaring.
  • Don’t have photographs of the killer.
  • Don’t make this 24/7 coverage.
  • Do everything you can not to make the body count the lead story.
  • [Don’t] make the killer some kind of anti-hero.
  • Do localise this story to the affected community and as boring as possible in every other market.

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