News coverage of mass shootings often portrays white shooters as having a mental illness, while it portrays black shooters as thugs.

These findings are the result of a study conducted by Cynthia Frisby, an MU journalism professor. Frisby presented her study to a communications department gathering on Friday afternoon.

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