How news organizations can responsibly report on the Nashville mass shooting

Some of the details from Monday’s shooting have led journalists to make reckless decisions in their coverage.


News media organizations have largely adopted best practices when reporting on mass shootings to avoid giving undue attention to shooters and thus minimizing contagion or inspiring copycats.

Yet there are some details about the school attack Monday in Nashville, where a 28-year-old carrying two AR-style firearms and a handgun shot and killed three students and three adults, that are distracting some journalists from those practices.

Here are a few quick suggestions:

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