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Challenge | 2-4 hours

RAPID RESPONSE: mass shootings and gun violence


Overview

gun violence

Student Reporting Labs is seeking reflections and/or interviews with students and teachers to explore how teenagers, schools and educators feel about mass shootings in America.

TWO OPTIONS

  1. INTERVIEW ANOTHER STUDENT
  2. SHARE YOUR OWN PERSPECTIVE

SUGGESTED QUESTIONS:

  • What should adults know about what it is like growing up in an era of school shootings?
  • Why do mass shootings keep happening in America?
  • How do mass shootings like Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York affect teen mental health?
  • When mass shootings happen, how do your emotions affect your focus in school?
  • What would you like to see done to manage gun ownership?
  • What can be done about the impact of social media on gun violence in America?
  • What are the barriers to making changes to decrease gun violence?
  • What would you like to see elected officials do to decrease gun violence?

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Journalism

Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information.

Source: American Press institute

Trust

Belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.

Source: Merriam Webster

Media

Media refers to all electronic or digital means and print or artistic visuals used to transmit messages.

Source: NAMLE

News Media

All forms of media created with the purpose of informing the public and delivering news through specific mediums such as radio and broadcast stations, digital news organizations and others.

Issue

​​A subject or problem that people are thinking and talking about

Source: Cambridge Dictionary

Community

A group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood). It can also be a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.

Source: Merriam Webster

Timeliness

Immediate, current information and events are newsworthy because they have just recently occurred. It’s news because it’s “new.”

Solutions

Investigating and explaining, in a critical and clear-eyed way, how people try to solve widely shared problems. Solutions journalism focuses on responses to problems.

Source: Solutions Journalism

Human Interest

People are interested in other people. Everyone has something to celebrate and something to complain about. We like unusual stories of people who accomplish amazing feats or handle a life crisis because we can identify with them.

Audience

The people who read, watch and consume news. Often, journalists think about audience and newsworthiness in similar ways. How will the news story serve their local or national audience? Who am I writing the story for and why?

Interview

A conversation between two or more people where the purpose is to gather information and facts. The interviewer asks questions and the interviewee provides information based on their knowledge about a specific topic or issue.

Conflict

When violence strikes or when people argue about actions, events, ideas or policies, we care. Conflict and controversy attract our attention by highlighting problems or differences within the community or between groups. Sometimes conflict can be subtle and manifest as tension.

Empathy

The term “empathy” is used to describe a wide range of experiences. A generally definition is the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. In media-making, creators can have empathy for their subjects and the audience can empathize with the characters.

Speaking and Listening - Comprehension and Collaboration

Topics

Journalism

Civics

Gun Violence

School Safety

Mental Health

Social Media

Active Prompts

Levels

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Materials

Camera or Mobile Phone

Camera

Mobile Phone

Internet

Notebook

Estimated Time

2-4 hours