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Experts debate whether the mainstream media's use of the 911 phone calls from the Sandy Hook School shootings provide additional value to the public, or if they represent a grotesque exercise in shock-value.
Frank Ochberg, MD, chairman emeritus of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, served as expert witness for the prosecution in the trial of Ariel Castro for holding captive Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight for nearly a decade. In advance of the sentencing, Ochberg wrote prosecutors his assessment of the impact of Castro's acts on the three women, explaining the dynamics of victimization, trauma and endurance.
At this year's PRNDI conference, the Dart Center's Bruce Shapiro was joined by 2010 Ochberg Fellow Russel Lewis, Rachel Dissell and Naomi Starobin on a panel and live radio show about covering crisis and tragedy.
Regional and national journalists were joined by community leaders, Sandy Hook families, mental health experts and policy advocates to share perspectives, discuss lessons learned and point the way towards responsible news coverage going forward.
In advance of the Dart Center’s day-long symposium on the issue in conjunction with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Dart Center Executive Director Bruce Shapiro will participate in a panel discussion, “Covering Tragedy: The Media and Trauma After Newtown.”