September 13th Responsible Reporting on Suicide Forum
Responsible Reporting on Suicide: A review of coverage
of Junior Seau's death, suicide contagion, and resources for the
September 13, 2012, 7:00pm-
San Diego County Office of
Education; 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111
Background: Every day in San Diego County,
someone dies by suicide. High profile suicide events, such as
Junior Seau's death, often result in increased news coverage.
Research shows that "suicide contagion" can occur when exposure to
a suicide or suicidal behavior influences others to attempt
suicide. Some characteristics of news coverage may contribute to
contagion, while other characteristics can encourage help seeking
and educate the public about what to do.
Purpose: The San Diego Chapter of the Society
of Professional Journalists joins with the San Diego County Suicide
Prevention Council to invite you to attend this important forum
designed to 1) review media reports of suicide and opportunities to
improve coverage, 2) provide resources to the media, including
local experts available for interviews, 3) engage media and suicide
prevention experts in dialogue about responsible reporting on
Who Should Attend: Members of print, broadcast,
internet, and radio media, including reporters, editors, managers,
and producers. We also invite those who may be interviewed by the
media on suicide, such as public information officers, first
responders, and mental health professionals. Schools of journalism,
journal and press clubs are encouraged to attend.
RSVP & Other Info: Please contact Holly
Salazar at email@example.com or 858-609-7966 with questions or to
register for this event.
Dinner will be served.