A workshop titled “Covering Gun Violence” is being offered in Phoenix by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma to “help journalists and news organizations in the Southwest improve their reporting on guns and gun violence.” That sounds reasonable and helpful. Surely the Dart Center, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, could help improve the state of reporting on the firearms issue, especially in light of the way reporters seem to call every pistol a Glock, every rifle an AK47 and every gun an automatic.

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