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?
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.
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.
A four-part series about a Colorado family whose only son was murdered in the Columbine High School shootings, coverage that explored the long-term effects through survivors in Peducah and Jonesboro. Originally published in the Denver Post in June, 1999.
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?