Reporting on Anti-Trans Violence for Aspiring Journalists


Historically, the relationship between the trans community and the media has been troubled. In this panel, we will address a critical issue: the reporting of anti-trans violence. By training journalism students to adopt contextualized, humanizing storytelling that highlights resilience and focuses on systemic violence instead of interpersonal incidents, we can reshape public discourse. We will bring together experts to explore strategies for reporting on anti-trans violence with sensitivity and accuracy, providing folks with tools to cover traumatic events responsibly and repair trust.

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  1. Importance of decentralizing narratives about interpersonal violence, instead emphasizing systems that perpetuate cycles of violence and harm.
  2. Strict adherence to objectivity maintains the status quo; journalists have a responsibility to increase society’s understanding of social issues.
  3. “Do better not faster.” Breaking news approach to anti-trans violence often leads to dehumanizing and/or inaccurate storytelling.



Serena Daniari, Senior Digital Media Manager, Transgender Law Center

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  • Tags: LGBTQIA+ issues, media literacy
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Equity & Justice
  • Session Focus Area Higher Education
  • Level: Basic Understanding

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