Reporting Trauma Article

Reporting Trauma

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  1. Thanks for posting a link to our curation. We’d love to hear how your students are engaging with the work and welcome comments on the piece itself in terms of additional recommended reads, feedback on the curation, and continued dialogue. Please feel free to email me above with more info. Thanks again for posting!

  2. Michael says:

    In my view, the author of this piece simply asks questions and then delivers us to other authors to discuss the issue – I never read her own answer to the original question, “what is the responsibility of media outlets when covering the tragedy?” – giving us a lesson in different aspects is fine, but tell us what ultimately the responsibility is… This goes to the heart of how the press operates when reporting on each other, the belief is – similarly to how the NRA comments on a gun tragedy – if you say anything, it can and will be used against you, so say as little as possible.
    So the press can’t turn on itself, becuase then we may see cracks in the First Amendment – the same way the NRA can’t say, “yes, that tragedy might have been averted if we had less guns.” This makes for a very difficult environment for the people who are most affected, because no one in power wants to take a stand. Instead they ‘teach us’ about what was written here or what was said there, with no actual input as to whether one was right or wrong. Because saying something was wrong, well might be wrong. But to me, saying nothing – or deflecting as I read in this case – is failing the public which looks to the press to be its advocate, and isn’t that worse than being wrong?

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