Homicide Features

  • 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.

  • Booklet

    Breaking Bad News

    This booklet is intended to offer informal guidance in circumstances where journalists, their editors or managers are required to tell next-of-kin of the death of a colleague.

  • Dart Award Honorable Mention

    Aftershocks of a Crime Spree

    A series describing the impact of a string of armed robberies on its many victims, including the trauma experienced by the police officer who shot and killed the suspect.  Originally published in the Detroit Free Press in 2001.

  • Special Report

    When Tragedy Hits the Newsroom

    Many journalists have experience covering stories of violent death, but what happens when those stories involve co-workers? The Dart Center looks at two cases.