Telling Smarter Stories About Gun Issues

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Course Overview

Telling Smarter Stories About Gun Issues
Originally Broadcast On:
December 04, 2013
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Want to learn about the difference between clips and magazines, cartridges and bullets, pistols and handguns? Learning about firearms can give you a better understanding of gun issues and policies, and lead to smarter stories.

In this Webinar, you will learn the vocabulary of different kinds of weapons and ammunition, find out what qualifies as an "assault" weapon and the explore two landmark court cases that have had a major influence on the Second Amendment.

We'll also give you fresh story ideas and approaches to covering this complex topic with accuracy and context. You will be able to use what you've learned in your everyday journalism as you cover crime, police, outdoor living and even political debates.

Join Poynter's Institute's Al Tompkins, who co-led two hands-on workshops for journalists in Chicago and Maryland, for this one-hour Webinar.

What Will I Learn:
  • Understand what calibers mean
  • The difference between an automatic, semi-automatic and single shot weapon
  • The difference in firepower between difference kinds of weapons
  • Terms like "magazine" and "assault weapon" and show you what they mean and don't mean
  • What the courts have said about the Second Amendment
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, editors, producers and anyone interested in telling stories about gun issues.


Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

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