This “workshop” isn’t journalism training.
The Phoenix-based Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, which is affiliated with the Columbia Journalism School, recently announced they are offering a two-day workshop on covering guns and “gun violence.” It’s open to reporters, editors, bloggers and photographers.
Here’s their rationale:
“When it comes to reporting on guns, local and regional reporters bear the primary burden. They are often trapped into narrow deadline-driven beats with little time to develop expert sources, investigative angles or broader perspectives,” the release states. “And newsrooms and news managers are unprepared for the overwhelming, spasmodic tragedy of mass shootings. As a consequence, incidents of gun violence are too often viewed in isolation as random, inevitable tragedy rather than part of a wider phenomenon with complex causes but amenable to prevention efforts.”
There are even thirty $350 stipends available, to defray travel and lodging costs – a boon for cash-strapped smaller newspapers and television stations.
There’s one catch, which is noted in the last line of the press release: “This workshop is being made possible by a generous grant from Everytown for Gun Safety.”
Everytown is, of course, one of Mayor Bloomberg’s proxy groups, and one of the country’s most active anti-gun organizations.