Homicide Features

  • Behind the Story

    Jun 8 2004

    A Different Approach to a Murder Trial

    On Sept. 23, 2002, 18-year-old Rachel Rose Burkheimer was murdered by a group of men and buried in a field in the foothills of the Cascade mountains, east of Everett, Wash. In the months since, the grisly details of the murder have been covered extensively in area newspapers.

  • In Depth

    May 11 2004

    The Till Case: A Picture of Torment

    Mamie Till Mobley — whose son Emmett Till was savagely murdered in Mississippi almost 50 years ago — knew something about respect for victims, fighting for human rights, and the power of photographs.

  • Behind the Story

    May 7 2004

    Reporting Ethically About Victims

    Despite the best intentions of journalists, news reports are sometimes hurtful to victims and their families. In a recent article in Quill, the national magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists, noted writing coach and columnist Paula LaRocque compares two newspapers' coverage of a homicide.

  • From the Academy

    May 9 2003

    Domestic Violence: A Look at Coverage

    When domestic violence causes the death of one or both of the people in a relationship, the local media spotlight usually picks up the tragedy. But the reporting usually reveals little about the painful history that preceded the violence.

  • From the Academy

    May 9 2003

    Domestic Violence: A Look at Coverage

    When domestic violence causes the death of one or both of the people in a relationship, the local media spotlight usually picks up the tragedy. But the reporting usually reveals little about the painful history that preceded the violence.

  • Tip Sheet

    Apr 20 2000

    Columbine: Interviewing Children

    Gunfire. Children flee their school, looking for police, medics or parents. Instead, many run straight into the arms of reporters primed with questions. What should journalists know about the youngsters they try to interview at moments of crisis?

  • Behind the Story

    Apr 20 2000

    Columbine: A Photographer's Perspective

    David Handschuh, staff photographer for the New York Daily News, had just returned to his office when his editor told him to go to Littleton, Colorado. Six hours after watching the event unfold on television, he was at Columbine, covering the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

  • Special Report

    Apr 20 2000

    Columbine: A Willingness to Talk

    One by one, students ran from Columbine High to escape the terror caused by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. As teen-agers wandered outside the building, some appeared dazed and confused — shocked by the killings of their teacher and friends. Others cried and wept, unable yet to comprehend the horror of what they or others had witnessed.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Aug 28 1993

    Fighting Crime Together

    A series of articles exploring how communities adapt to and recover from urban trauma.  Originally published as a series in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from August to November, 1993.

  • Dart Award Honorable Mention

    The Healing Fields

    A 12-part series about a couple who survived the Cambodian killing fields and returned years later to help others. The devistation of genocide is revealed through their own journey and that of the women they seek to rescue fro a life of prostitution. Originally published in the Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO) in June, 2004.