Event Details

Helping or Hurting? The Media’s Impact in Reporting Mental Health

Join local and national media, communications and suicide prevention experts in addressing this timely issue.

February 23, 2018

2:30 - 8:00 PM

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
7th Floor Commons
20 Cooper Square, NY

How should reporters cover mental health issues? What do you need to think about when reporting a suicide? How do you responsibly cover these stories with our triggering negative reactions?


2:30 – 5:00

History Overview of Media Guidelines

Dan Romer, Research Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania

Changing the Conversation

Colleen Longellow Carr, Deputy Director, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Understanding Media Impact

Randi Pochtar, PhD, Psychologist, Child Study Center at NYU Langone Health

Issues and Challenge: Reporter’s Perspectives

Jenifer Fermino, Former City Hall Bureau Chief, New York Daily News, Account director at Fenton

Dan Goldberg, senior health reporter, Politico, former health reporter, Newark Star-Ledger

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Reception and Refreshments

6:00 – 8:00 PM

“Our Brother Jordan” film by Kaitlin Sprague, survivor of suicide loss, director

Discussion with Kaitlin and Marcia Rock, Director, News and Documentary NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

How Visual Media Can Help or Hurt

Nicole Noren, producer and journalist, ESPN, 2015 Media Award from Mental Health America

Audrey Quinn, Health Reporter, WNYC

Both journalists receiver the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism and will discuss good practices.

Free Admission- Pre-Registration is required at https://samaritansnyc.ejoinme.org/Media2018

Presented by the The NYU Arthur L.Carter Journalism Institute and Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center.

Helping or Hurting? The Media's Impact in Reporting Mental Health - Event Poster 2018