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Reporting without Re-Victimizing: Working with the Media

Course Description

Is it possible for news stories to be reported accurately without re-victimizing crime survivors? How can a complicated problem be encapsulated into a short clip? Can we get media partners enthused about prevention? The media can serve as a way to get hopeful messages into the mainstream, or they may perpetuate old myths. This session begins the conversation about engaging media allies as a prevention strategy. Ethical dilemmas and misinformation that past reporters have faced are highlighted to allow for group problem solving.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand how public perception of crime is influenced by the news media.

2. Process the ethical obstacles reporters face in reporting crime stories.

3. Share strategies and resources that have been effective in engaging members of the media to help prevent child maltreatment.

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