We talked in class today about sensationalism and how high-profile news events, like Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, can bring out the worst — and the best — in journalism.
My take on reporting on events like these has been shaped by the years I spent working in victim advocacy and the training I’ve received through the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. I talked about “trusting your gut” when it comes to what you choose to report on, and being fair and sensitive to victims of violence.
Have a look at what the Dart Center posted about the Boston Marathon story. You might want to be familiar with the Dart Center’s resources. There’s tons of guidance on the organization’s website about reporting on traumatic events and managing your own natural responses to covering stories that hurt.