Johnson, A., Hawton, K., Gunnell, D., Lloyd, K., Scourfield, J., Jones, P.A, Luce, A., Marchant, A., Platt, S., Price, S. and Dennis, M.S, 2016. Newspaper Reporting on a Cluster of Suicides in the UK. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 1 - 9. (In Press)
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BACKGROUND: Media reporting may influence suicide clusters through imitation or contagion. In 2008 there was extensive national and international newspaper coverage of a cluster of suicides in young people in the Bridgend area of South Wales, UK. AIMS: To explore the quantity and quality of newspaper reporting during the identified cluster. METHOD: Searches were conducted for articles on suicide in Bridgend for 6 months before and after the defined cluster (June 26, 2007, to September 16, 2008). Frequency, quality (using the PRINTQUAL instrument), and sensationalism were examined. RESULTS: In all, 577 newspaper articles were identified. One in seven articles included the suicide method in the headline, 47.3% referred to earlier suicides, and 44% used phrases that guidelines suggest should be avoided. Only 13% included sources of information or advice. CONCLUSION: A high level of poor-quality and sensationalist reporting was found during an ongoing suicide cluster at the very time when good-quality reporting could be considered important. A broad awareness of media guidelines and expansion and adherence to press codes of practice are required by journalists to ensure ethical reporting.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||guidelines ; newspaper reporting ; suicide cluster|
|Group:||Faculty of Media & Communication|
|Deposited By:||Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic|
|Deposited On:||07 Sep 2016 09:19|
|Last Modified:||04 Oct 2016 10:14|
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