Tragediauutisoinnin haasteet – median mahdollisuudet käsitellä kouluampumisia

This project, which began in January 2019, examines U.S. and Finnish media’s reporting of the 2018 high school shootings in Parkland, Florida. The project produces a new, comparative database on reporting on school shootings and opens up a new avenue for discussing the challenges posed by such reporting. The project considers the tensions between traditional media and social media based #-activism, with concrete suggestions for journalists’ work.

Project Database

Publications, media appearances, project materials, blog posts, podcasts

Research Team

Principal Investigator

Dr. Benita Heiskanen


Dr. Kirsi Cheas

Dr. Maiju Kannisto

Project Researcher

MA Mila Seppälä


Noora Juvonen



Turun Sanomat, Alio (Project Researcher Mila Seppälä). June 12, 2020.


Median vastuu koulusurmauutisoinnissa – tutkijoiden ja toimittajien keskustelu median eettisistä haasteista

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Time: 14:00–16:00
Place: The Päivälehti Museum, Ludviginkatu 24, Helsinki

Press Release 


Journalisti 8/2019 (Dr. Maiju Kannisto & Project Researcher Mila Seppälä). October 29, 2019.


“Up in Arms: Making Sense of Gun Culture in the United States”

Date: Friday, September 6, 2019
Time: 9:15–17:00
Place: University of Turku, Calonia (Caloniankuja 3), Lecture Hall Cal1


 Turun Sanomat, Alio (Project Researcher Mila Seppälä). August 27, 2019.

Media Appearance

Mass shootings in the United States discussed in “Maailmanpolitiikan arkipäivää,” Yle Radio 1 (Dr. Benita Heiskanen). August 17, 2019.

Media Appearance

The recent mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Chicago in “Puheen aamu,” Yle Puhe (starting at 01:38:30), “Aamu-tv,” Yle TV1 (starting at 49:20), and Yle Uutiset (Dr. Benita Heiskanen). August 5, 2019.


Turun Sanomat, Alio (Prof. Benita Heiskanen, Dr. Kirsi Cheas & Dr. Maiju Kannisto). February 13, 2019.