University of Pennsylvania

Preventing Violence: What’s news got to do with it?

Posted on March 13, 2017

Talk Description: It will be easier to make the big changes our communities need to prevent violence if we change the narrative around it and make prevention a visible part of the conversation. In this talk, Dr. Dorfman discusses the role of the news media, how connections among violence, youth and race get distorted in news reports on crime, and the prevalence of language in the news that minimizes the act of sexual violence. She also addresses the need to reframe news coverage in ways that highlight the social context for violence and potential solutions. She will share BMSG’s latest research that explores news portrayals of community violence and childhood trauma and make recommendations for how to shift one piece of our public discourse – the news media – to elevate prevention.

Lori Dorfman, DrPH, MPH, directs Berkeley Media Studies Group , a project of the Public Health Institute, where she oversees BMSG’s research, media advocacy training and strategic consultation for public health advocates, and professional education for journalists. BMSG works with advocates to build their capacity to use media advocacy in confrontational policy environments so they can focus attention on transforming systems and structures to foster health. Full bio can be found on our website.

Wednesday March 22, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Amado Recital Hall in Irvine Auditorium
3401 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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