Required reading: The science of mass murder

By Christopher B. Daly

Before journalists write, post, say, or broadcast any more about the Aurora, Colo., massacre, they should get up to speed on the science/social science in the field. A great place to start is the latest “Journalist’s Resource” from  Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. This page brings together many of the best and latest studies into the psychology and sociology of mass murder.

In fact, journalists should bookmark the homepage of Journalist’s Resource and take advantage regularly of this great effort to bring scholarly research to bear on the issues that reporters and editors deal with all the time. As someone who had to cover a case somewhat like the one in Colorado, I know that it’s easy for a reporter to feel overwhelmed and not know where to turn. Here’s a good place to start.

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