During the 2008-2009 academic year, a team of students from NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service chose to work with OPDV on a project focusing on media coverage of domestic violence in New York State.
The project, based on a study done in Rhode Island, included a content analysis of print media, an examination of other national media projects, interviews with editors, reporters, and domestic violence programs, and recommendations on how OPDV might help to improve media coverage of domestic violence in New York State.
The team recently presented its findings and recommendations to OPDV staff. Recommendations ranged from training police, frequent sources for the media, to developing a tool kit for media professionals. OPDV is currently reviewing the findings and recommendations and is determining next steps. We look forward to building on the work done by the team and to providing support to media and the domestic violence community in this area. Check our website for updates on this project.
OPDV thanks the team (Emily Barnes, Aminata Diop, Sarah Felsenthal, Surovi Mukerjee, Laura Prussin, and Instructor Sara Grant), NYU Wagner School of Public Service, and the editors, reporters, and domestic violence programs who agreed to be interviewed as part of this project.