Reporting deaths and suicide in the Media

In this exercise, we learnt the fundamentals of reporting suicide and mental health issues in the media. This news piece was written in class, based on a script between a reporter and interviewees.

Body found at Kooroogool Nature Park

The body of a male has been discovered at Kooroogool Nature Park this afternoon. Two male youths made the discovery at 2 pm and reported it to the Cairnley Police. The cause of death is being investigated by the coroner. “The body is of a male but we have been unable to confirm the identity of the person as yet,” Senior Constable Tony Douglas said. “There does not appear to be any evidence of foul play,” he said.

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