Poynter Institute Webinar on Covering Gun Laws Archived

Hundreds of broadcast journalists across the country joined a livestream seminar and presentation by Al Tompkins from the Poynter Institute. The seminar was hosted by the Indiana Broadcasters Association and covered strategies and information to help empower newsrooms in covering the conversation over gun laws. Click the video link below to watch the livestream where Tompkins discusses topics including:

  • Increasing your gun literacy: to have credibility with the audience, journalists have to know the difference between gauges, calibers, semi-automatic versus automatic weapons, and what gun laws currently apply.
  • Explaining what the Second Amendment does and does not do: The courts have consistently said law-abiding people in America may have weapons to protect their homes but the Constitution does not mean everybody can have any gun they want. We will look at what the Supreme Court says about gun rights.
  • Telling you why assault weapons are such a focus for anti-gun groups: Most murders do not involve AR-15-style weapons but high-profile mass killings often do. Why? What is the history of assault weapon bans and what evidence is there that they reduce crime?
  • Explaining “Red Flag” laws: Could they help reduce gun crimes?

A special thank you to the Indiana Broadcasters Association for organizing this important webinar. You can access the complete webinar here.