Reporting on suicide is not just about what happens in the story; it’s all the elements of news production that go into creating that story. Here we provide some discussion prompts on how to make sure suicide reporting is responsible and ethical beyond the storytelling. Familiarize yourself with the information provided on the journalists toolkit on this website. Each of these discussion prompts comes from best practice provided there.
Discussion Prompt: When you are interviewing someone who has been bereaved by suicide, tell me, how you will keep them safe before, during and after the interview?
Discussion Prompt: Tell me three places where you could find reliable statistics on suicide? OR Tell me how suicide rates are calculated in the UK and Ireland?
Discussion Prompt: Tell me three different helplines/hotlines you could print at the end of a story?
Discussion Prompt: Tell me two things that should not appear in a headline? OR Tell me three phrases that should not appear in your suicide story? OR Explain to me why you should not mention the method or location of death in a suicide story.
Discussion Prompt: Tell me where you should place your suicide story in print, online or broadcast
Discussion Prompt: What can you ethically publish from social media in a suicide story?
Discussion Prompt: Should you use video or audio with a suicide story? Why or why not?
Discussion Prompt: Tell me where you should not provide hyperlinks in a story.
Discussion Prompt: Should you publish a photo or video that depicts the act of suicide or a streamed suicide? Why or why not?
Discussion Prompt: When creating infographics, what should you be aware of?
Discussion Prompt: What is best practice when reporting a celebrity suicide?