Homicide Features

  • 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

    Death by Love

    A series of articles on domestic violence victims murdered by a lover or spouse.  Originally printed in The Times, Munster, IN, in 1995.

  • Dart Award Winner

    The Joseph Palczynski Story

    A two-part series from The Baltimore Sun on the lives of six women serially victimized by one man's extremes of physical and psychological abuse.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Homicide in Detroit

    A six-part series that takes a deep look at the impact of homicide on family, police, bystanders and the city itself. Originally published in the Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), in 2004.

  • Behind the Story

    Columbine: Three Views on the Images

    Photographs convey the emotion of a tragedy, but the images may serve to wound as well as to heal. Such was the case with news photos used after the Columbine shootings in April 1999. How do we judge pictures that take us closer to the grief and shock of people whose lives are directly touched by violence?

  • 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.