University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Covering the latest school shooting? Here's a model story for journalists

Covering the latest school shooting? Here's a model story for journalists

“You could almost auto-populate these stories: just fill in the where-it-happened and how-many-killed. You just add the color and the details.”

— Lulu Ramadan, a 23-year-old Palm Beach Post reporter, on covering her third mass shooting (The New Yorker, Feb. 15)

A gunman sprayed bullets throughout a [town, state] school earlier today, killing at least [minimum number dead] people, including children, and wounding another [minimum number injured]. The suspected shooter, identified by police as [name, age], is [select: among the dead, among the injured, at large, in custody].

Terrified parents raced to the scene as they began receiving texts from their children...

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