National Press Club

America's Gun Problem: Seeking Solutions Through Journalism

July 23, 2019

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Run time: 95 minutes

What can journalism do for an issue like gun violence? Can good, solid journalism sustain dialogue, foster understanding, empower a citizenry, and inspire policy proposals and legislative reform?

The National Press Club examines these questions through the work of two highly skilled, award-winning Washington Post reporters: John Woodrow Cox and Wesley Lowery. Cox and Lowrey have different approaches to reporting on this complicated issue, but both reporters seem to have found a way to break through the chain of dissociative and complacent coverage and provide meaningful, thought-provoking context to America’s gun problem. We look at what makes both of their reporting styles so effective, and how their methods and practices could be replicated on other platforms, in other communities, and even as a means to tackle other social problems.