Can Journalists Prevent Suicide Clusters?
Posted: 5/9/2014 | By: Kelly McBride | Poynter
Suicides sometimes happen in clusters. Epidemiologists and suicide
prevention experts have often claimed that media coverage is partially
to blame for this. Thus that old-fashioned and often ignored rule: Don’t
Of course that rule came with a couple of caveats. Celebrity suicides
were fair game. So too were suicides that happened in public places.
Because of those carve-outs and others (if it’s really interesting, or
if people are talking about it) the rule never really worked. The news
media have always covered suicides, sometimes badly.