This week saw the suicide deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Celebrity suicides have always been one of the exceptions to newsroom policies regarding coverage of suicides.
But a study confirms that certain types of media coverage do indeed make suicide contagion more likely to happen, particularly among teenagers and young adults.
In light of this week’s news, Poynter republished an article from 2014 on this topic. It’s a timely read.