Children & Youth

Children are not miniature adults, and they deserve special consideration when they end up in the news. Yet few journalists have experience interviewing children for routine stories, let alone when tragedy strikes. What ground rules apply? Is it OK to interview children huddled outside a school after a classmate has opened fire? Should a child be named as a victim of abuse in news coverage? 

Here we bring together wisdom, examples and interdisciplinary resources to aid and inform those concerned with how children involved in traumatic events are covered in the media.

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