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Multiple Media Outlets Highlight New Study by Dr. Jessica Beard and Colleagues Examining the Perspectives of Recently Firearm-Injured People on News Media Reports of Firearm Violence

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News media reports of interpersonal firearm violence are generally presented through an episodic lens that focuses on the individual event, as opposed to one that frames the incident within larger social and structural context. Now, for the first time, new research published in the journal Social Science and Medicine Qualitative Research in Health and led by corresponding author Jessica H. Beard, MD, MPH, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care and Director of Trauma Research at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, uncovers the impact of this episodic framing on recently firearm-injured people, and explores how they perceive the meaning and impact of news media reporting about their injuries and firearm violence in their communities. Multiple media outlets, including Billy Penn, WURD and WHYY, highlighted the research. Dr. Beard’s interview with WURD begins around 27:50 and lasts until about 52:40. The Trace also highlighted the study in its daily newsletter on January 12th.