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After New Haven Murder, A Hard Look At How The Media Covers Gun Violence

A memorial takes shape on a telephone pole near the site where 26-year-old Yale forestry graduate student Kevin Jiang was shot and killed in the Goatville section of New Haven’s East Rock neighborhood.
Ryan Caron King
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A memorial takes shape on a telephone pole near the site where 26-year-old Yale forestry graduate student Kevin Jiang was shot and killed in the Goatville section of New Haven’s East Rock neighborhood. ";

Earlier this month a Yale graduate student was murdered in New Haven’s East Rock neighborhood, leading to widespread media coverage.

This hour, we ask: why do some shootings get media attention while others do not? We take a look at the way race and privilege shape gun violence coverage.

And we talk with journalists and community members. What trends have you noticed in news coverage of violent crime?

GUESTS:

  • Kelly McBride - NPR’s Public Editor and Senior Vice President and Chair of Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at the Poynter Institute
  • Paul Bass - Editor of the New Haven Independent
  • Reverend Steven Cousin - Pastor at Bethel A.M.E. Church in New Haven
  • Harriet Jones - Managing Editor for Connecticut Public Radio

Cat Pastor contributed to this show

Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of Connecticut Public's morning talk show, 'Where We Live.' She’s a longtime public radio reporter covering several beats including immigration, juvenile justice and child welfare issues, education, veterans affairs and the military.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.
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