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Research Assistant - Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University Mass Killing Database

Assist in maintaining and expanding the Associated Press/USA Today/Northeastern University Mass Killing Database. Use of several online news services and major online newspapers to collect data on emerging cases of mass killing (both shootings and non-shootings) as well as follow-up on developments of legal proceedings with cases from the recent past. Contact various officials to request public documents pertaining to the arrest/prosecution of suspects.

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    Spring 2024, Summer 2024


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  • Project Title

    Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University Mass Killing Database

  • Faculty / Project Lead

    James Alan Fox

  • Project Description

    James Alan Fox, Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University, teamed up with USA TODAY and the Associated Press to launch the Mass Killings database-–a public facing website that uses interactive graphics and visuals to break down data on incidences of mass killing in the United States. The database consists of nearly fifty data elements pertaining to all incidents, offenders, victims, and weapons associated with mass killings since 2006, each with at least four victim fatalities.

  • Qualifications Necessary

    A PhD student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice with skills in using Excel. Also, familiarity with news search procedures. Good communication skills are also important for when reaching out to criminal justice officials around the country. Some familiarity with the literature on mass shootings is preferred, but not essential.

  • Hours per Week

    10 Hour Position