The Jandoli Institute will host a Zoom discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday on a research paper, “Headlines Should Help, Not Harm,” written by Connie Perkins, founding director of St. Bonaventure University’s RN to B.S. in Nursing Program.

The session will begin at 7 p.m. and can be accessed at

Perkins will present the paper and then take part in a Q&A with a panel that includes Charlie Specht, a 2010 St. Bonaventure journalism graduate who is the chief investigative reporter at WKBW-TV, and Pauline Hoffmann and Denny Wilkins, both faculty members in St. Bonaventure’s Jandoli School of Communication. Individuals logged on to the session also will have opportunities to ask questions and offer comments. Richard Lee, executive director of the Jandoli Institute, will moderate the session.

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In the paper, Perkins points out that licensed health care professionals take an oath to do no harm. She suggests that journalists should do the same, and a starting point could be by exercising care in the headlines they compose.

The paper is the third post in the Jandoli Institute’s Media Across Disciplines summer project, a collection of research essays connecting different academic disciplines with the field of communication.

The Jandoli Institute serves as a forum for academic research, creative ideas and discussion on the intersection between media and democracy. The institute, accessible at, is part of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University.

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