Update #4 ·

You guys Rock!!!

We are less than 100 signatures from 4,000... and counting! Thank you so much for speaking up so clearly!  Let your friends know what we are doing, and invite them to get involved.  The more people who speak up, the stronger the message we send to Mr. Kern, the editor of the Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets.  I wanted to let you all know that I have emailed Chicago Tribune Editor Gerould Kern, and am waiting to see if he responds.  The contents of our email is as follows:


Chicago Tribune

Attn: Editor Gerould Kern

Dear Mr Kern,

Almost 4,000 people have signed our online petition urging the Tribune to change the way you cover domestic violence" https://www.causes.com/actions/1759293-stop-minimizing-murder Domestic violence is a global epidemic, and the Tribune can either add to the problem (by minimizing the murders that happen in your area) or become part of the solution, and become an example of responsible journalism.  In the last weeks, I have researched your coverage of these stories, and find that the wording used in them consistently minimizes homicide, and distorts the number of victims dying at the hands of an intimate or dating partner. One of the most recent examples of inaccurate reporting that minimizes murder is the article entitled “Sources: Addison woman killed in domestic incident”, dated July 27, 2013. Until we can see an accurate picture of the problem, it is hard to get people to act to stop the violence.  As a major media organization, you have the power to both educate people and lead the way among other media outlets.  Over the last week and a half, I have been gathering signatures from Chicago and across the web.  People are asking you to please step up to the plate and accurately report domestic violence.  We are asking that you adopt the guidelines created by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, to show your readers a clear picture of the extent of the problem.  I am contacting you now, giving you a chance to respond before the petition goes viral and you have to deal with a lot of bad press  (We currently have nearly 4,000 signatures and counting.) We would love to see the Chicago Tribune become a leader in the fight against domestic violence, and look forward to your response to this online action.

Respectfully,

Carissa Daniels

leader, Stop Violence Against Women on causes.com

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