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Forefront-Facebook collaboration generates a lot of attention

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02/27/2015

When the world’s largest social network decides to get serious about suicide prevention, the media pay a lot of attention. Everywhere.

Scores – perhaps hundreds – of news and information outlets have published reports about the Forefront-Facebook collaboration to provide online tools and support for individuals who may be contemplating suicide.

Attention came from national news organizations like The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor as well as local outlets like KING-5 and The Seattle Times.   More gratifying still was the coverage on digital news sites where young people congregate these days to get their news.  Think places like Paste, The Mighty, Yahoo and Uproxx.

News about the collaboration transcended political (The Blaze, HuffPost) and geographic boundaries (Times of India, LaRepublica).  Even the website for the Nasdaq, where Facebook stock is traded, published an article about the program.  (In case you’re curious, Facebook’s stock price was up the day after Wednesday’s announcement.) 

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Randal Beam
UW Dart Endowed Professorship in Journalism and Trauma in the Department of Communication
Randy teaches courses on journalism, media literacy, content analysis and the social construction of news. Dr. Beam’s research focuses on factors that shape the news, including how the media frame issues related to suicide and suicide prevention.