Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh
, this symposium will bring together experts in mental health, violence prevention, public health, law enforcement and media studies to examine ways to report gun violence to the public responsibly. Through a series of presentations and panel discussions, experts will explore best practices for media coverage of gun violence, such as methods to cover the news without leading to a clustering of violent events or copycat violence by people considering such attacks.
WHY: While it is important to cover these events, news stories often lead to an implication that there can be only two explanations: extremism or illness. This symposium will look at why this news coverage fuels the stigma of mental illness and false perceptions that people with mental illness are dangerous.
• Introduction (9:05 a.m.)
• The Challenge of Developing a “Science” of Violence Prediction (9:15 a.m.)
• Behavioral Based Threat Assessment: A Framework for Assessing and Preventing Targeted Violence Attacks (9:50 a.m.)
• Reducing Public Mass Shootings in the United States: An Assessment of Firearms Availability and Media Coverage of Perpetrators (10:45 a.m.)
• News Media Coverage of Mental Illness and Violence: Influence on U.S. Firearm Policy Debates (11:30 a.m.)
Beth McGinty, Ph.D., M.S.
, assistant professor, departments of Health Policy and Management, and Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
WHEN: 9 to 12 noon, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 (see above for session times)
WHERE: Barco Law Building
– Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom, ground floor, 3900 Forbes Ave., Oakland
Note to Media:
To cover this event, prearrangements must be made by contacting Madison Brunner at 412-335-6038 or BrunnerM@upmc.edu
. A webcast also is available. Please contact Madison for that link.