Tag Archives: Mass shootings

A Welcome Shift In News Ethics

A welcome shift in news ethics: Kelly McBride notes a vast  majority of media covering the Virginia Beach murders refrained from naming the shooter unless absolutely necessary.

“It demonstrates that newsrooms can alter their standards and practices in a fairly dramatic way over a relatively short period of time….,” she wrote, to avoid glorifying a criminal and inspiring future mass murders.

 

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Shooting Journalists

Shooting journalists: Sabrina Tavernise, Amy Harmon and Maya Salam report that mass shooting found a new target at the Capital Gazette, killing five.

“For a country that has grown numb to mass shootings, this was a new front,” they wrote. It is “a rare attack on a news organization, one of the oldest in America….”

Profiling Killers Or Victims?

Profiling killers or victims?

Russell Frank writes that mental health professionals urge journalists to focus less on the perpetrators of shooting rampages and more on the victims.

“The question that arises with every mass shooting is whether these instant illustrated profiles of the killers do more harm than good,” he writes.