- Reporting on Mental Health Conditions and Suicide
- Self-Directed Course
- This $29.95 course is free thanks to a grant by Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Education Development Center.
- Time Estimate:
- In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.
About Self-Directed Courses
In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.
This course bridges the gaps in many reporters' understanding of mental health conditions. It offers guidelines for interviewing survivors of suicide in a professional, compassionate manner and explains the roles played by video, audio and photographs in telling their stories.
What Will I Learn:
- Role of the reporter covering mental health conditions
- How to find people struggling with these conditions
- Stories that you can cover in your community
- Changes in language
- Resources available for reporters
Who should take this course:
Print, online and broadcast journalists (including reporters, producers, editors, copy editors, designers, photojournalists, bloggers and social media users) working on varied beats, journalism students, educators, veterans, mental health advocates and general public. This course will help everyone to gain a better understanding of mental health conditions, mental illness and covering suicide.
Mark J. Miller has written for American Journalism Review, Presstime, Crain's BtoB's Media Business, Folio: magazine and Digital Magazine News as well as Glamour, Details, The Washington Post, Salon.com, Sports Illustrated for Kids and Runner's World, among many others.
Melissa McCoy is former deputy managing editor of the Los Angeles Times and trains journalists in reporting on mental health issues. She is also a consultant for TEAM Up (Tools for Entertainment and Media), a non-profit focused on media and mental health issues.