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Media Reporting Guidelines

media reporting guidelines

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Suicide Media Reporting Recommendations, 2018 ( picture_as_pdf 21.8 MB)
These guidelines provide updates from previously published national and international suicide reporting guidelines, along with updated recommendations for reporting on suicide using social media. The goals of these guidelines are to support journalists in creating effective news stories that inform the public and increase awareness about suicide and its complexities, while reducing risk of additional suicides. Adoption of these guidelines will reduce the risk of suicide for those vulnerable to suicide contagion and allow journalists the freedom to tell stories that make a difference.

Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide, 2016 ( picture_as_pdf .98 MB)
From the site, reportingonsuicide.org, this guide provides a list of easy to understand "do's" and "don'ts" when it comes to properly reporting on suicide along with reporting suggestions for online media.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Journalists