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Launch of the Reporting of Substance Media Toolkit


Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs and Adfam have launched the Reporting of Substance Media Toolkit. It is an online resource to support journalists and editors to report on alcohol and drugs with dignity and respect.

The toolkit sets out key recommendations such as appropriate imagery, avoiding stigmatising language and being respectful of people they interview. There is also the recommendation of including support information in every article that reports on alcohol and drugs.

The toolkit was created with the support of a working group with a family member, a person in recovery, a journalist, Drink and Drug News and Alcohol Health Alliance UK.

‘This toolkit will prove an invaluable resource for journalists wanting to report respectfully on alcohol and drugs. For far too long there has been confusion and upset over the way stories of alcohol and drug use are reported. This toolkit will at last act as a one-stop-shop for print and broadcast media wanting to provide informative, accurate and most importantly – sensitive content on one of the most prevalent problems for society today.’

– Camilla Tominey, The Telegraph

The Reporting of Substance toolkit is available online here.  

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