Covering civil unrest can be frightening and dangerous. A crowd may turn violent with little warning and police can target journalists or mistake them for rabble rousers. It’s particularly challenging to maintain social distancing during a riot, so take extra precautions to stay on the edge for quick exit. Bring extra masks, gloves and sanitizer for gear.
Resources for Tip Sheets, Homicide & Mass Shooting
Make sure your facts and assertions are bulletproof. Look for subjects and issues that no one, not even the most ardent gun-rights activists, can dispute. Make your story about people.
For journalists returning from Newtown, tips on coping with their experience and the expectations of others to explain it.
Psychiatrist Frank Ochberg, M.D. and Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center, share insights on the characteristics of mass killers and the ethical responsibilities of news organizations as they help the public make sense of the shooting rampage in Arizona that left six dead and a U.S. Congresswoman grievously injured.