Journal article

Pilot trial of a media intervention with journalism students on news reporting of mental illness in the context of violence and crime

Anna M Ross, Amy J Morgan, Alexandra Wake, Anthony F Jorm, Nicola J Reavley

HEALTH PROMOTION JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

ISSUE ADDRESSED: News reports linking mental illness to violent crime are among the most stigmatising portrayals. These portrayals can perpetuate stereotypes of dangerousness, negatively influencing public attitudes and having a harmful impact on people with lived experience of mental illness. With the aim of improving the quality of news portrayals and mitigating harm, best-practice guidelines for media reporting on mental illness, violence and crime have been developed. To increase understanding of the guidelines' content, a 1-hour workshop based on the main principles was developed for journalism students. METHODS: In this study, the workshop was piloted with a pre and 3-week follow-up ev..

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