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Fri, Mar 08


Joyce Cummings Center, Room 260

Film: The Second Trauma

When the news media sensationalizes gun violence, survivors experience more trauma. A new short documentary asks how journalists and news consumers can do better.

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Film: The Second Trauma
Film: The Second Trauma

Time & Location

Mar 08, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

Joyce Cummings Center, Room 260, 177 College Ave, Medford, MA 02155, USA

About the event

There's a shooting. Journalists show up and take video of a police car, shell casings, a draped body, neighbors crying. If they're lucky, and they have time, they'll interview a close relative. And then they're gone, leaving behind grief and fear. Even the most empathetic reporter's story presents a sensationalized view of the event because their editor wants flash to attract readers and viewers.

This 28-minute documentary presents the experiences of people in Philadelphia who have been affected by record-setting violence and the media's coverage of it. They offer a roadmap for how both journalists and news consumers can do better. See the film and hear from the producers about their research and potential solutions. A reception follows the panel discussion.

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Jim MacMillan (Tufts Class of ‘88), founder/director Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

Yvonne Latty, director, Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at Temple University (producer, director, editor)

Oronde McClain, Creative Messenger newspaper liaison, Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting (co-producer)

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