How Does Journalism Shape our Response to Terrorism?

In Orlando, local news was key

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Media Outlet: Poynter

The policy paper War and Tweets: Terrorism in America in the Digital Age was cited in a Poynter article about local news coverage of terrorist attacks.

Along with social media, local journalists have a strong influence over community reactions to terrorist attacks, according to a new report analyzing the recent mass shooting in Orlando.
The report, released today by the nonpartisan think tank New America, examines the changing role of social media and journalism in shaping Americans' response to terrorism.
The report shows how the media has changed the ways it covers terrorist attacks, from the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center in New York City to the June attack at Orlando's Pulse nightclub that killed 49.

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Sharon E. Burke is a senior advisor at New America, where she focuses on international security and a new program, Resource Security, which examines the intersection of security, prosperity, and natural resources.

Alyssa Sims is a program associate with the International Security program at New America.

David Sterman is a policy analyst in New America's International Security program. He holds a master's degree from Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies.