A Most Violent Year:
Eric Antebi Talks to Lori Dorfman of Berkeley Media Studies Group on 2014, the media & violence
A culture of violence is the antithesis to a Culture of Health. As The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s CEO Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey recently said in a speech to the American Public Health Association, “We will never be a healthy nation, if we continue to be a violent one.”
Violence is always in the news. But 2014 saw several high profile stories about violence dominating news cycles, including major stories about child abuse (Adrian Peterson), intimate partner violence (Ray Rice), sexual assault on college campus, and, of course, the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York.
Because media coverage influences the social and political response to violence in America, I wanted to hear from Lori Dorfman, who directs the Berkeley Media Studies Group. She has spent decades monitoring how the media cover violence and other public health issues, helping public health advocates work with journalists, and helping journalists improve their coverage. The following is an excerpt of my interview with her.
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Wilson Andrews is a graphics editor at The New York Times. His work has received global recognition, winning awards from the Malofiej Awards and World Summit, Society for News Design, and the Online News Association. He previously worked at The Washington Post and taught at The University of Maryland. The Communications Network sat down with him to discuss his work and the future of storytelling on the web. An edited transcript of that conversation follows.