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University of Derby to host free suicide reporting seminar

12 April 2017


A free seminar for journalists aimed at promoting best practice in the reporting of suicides is being staged at the University of Derby this month.

Suicide: Reporting Guidelines for Journalists is being staged with the support of The Samaritans and the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).

The event takes place at the university on Monday, April 24 starting at 11am.

A spokesman for the university said: “This event is organised by the University of Derby, with The Samaritans, and the Independent Press Standards Organisation, to inform professional journalists on how best to report on the sensitive subject of suicide.

“There is compelling evidence to show that inappropriate reporting leads to copycat deaths - this symposium will help journalists avoid this.”

The event is aimed at professional journalists, and Journalism and Media students. It would also be helpful for those who train journalists.

The workshop will include a presentation by Lorna Fraser, media adviser at The Samaritans, and Prof David Gunnell of Bristol University, on the evidence which demonstrates the importance of journalists getting it right.  There will also be a Q&A session with a panel including the main speakers and a representative from IPSO.

Around 30 regional newspaper editors have already signed up for the workshop.

The event takes place at the OL2, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB.

Registration is from 10.15, the workshop starts at 11 and will finish by 12.30, and then there will be half an hour for lunch. 

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