Covering a Mass Shooting: A Case Study from Pittsburgh

Featuring journalist Shira Hanau
Shira Hanau

In October 2018, as the national news media descended on Pittsburgh in the wake of an attack on the Tree of Life synagogue, so did journalists from Jewish publications who came to report on the deadliest attack on Jews on American soil.

The coverage that resulted – both from the general and Jewish media – served as a forum for the Jewish community as it struggled with the meaning of the attack. It also shed light on the role of Jewish media in modern American Jewish life as it has evolved from the famed Yiddish press of the 19th and 20th century to a modern day digital-first media.

As a young journalist who covered Pittsburgh in October 2018, Shira will speak with Libby Parker of TC Jewfolk about her experience reporting for a national audience on one of the most significant events in American Jewish history and about what it means to be a young reporter in 2019.

Event co-sponsored by the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

About the speaker
Shira Hanau is a staff writer at the New York Jewish Week where she reports on politics, religion, and the American Jewish community. Her writing has also appeared in the Forward, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and Columbia Journalism Review. She was named Rookie of the Year by the New York Press Association in 2018.

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