A former news editor of the student paper at the University of Chicago with close ties to the journalism community at NIU explores a side of that campus's tragedy that the major media outlets overlooked.
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Caught between a militant separatist uprising and brutal government suppression, Kashmiris of various religious backgrounds are turning to Sufi holy men to cope with stress both psychological and social.
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?
The first 24 hours after a traumatic news event may present a journalist with considerable challenges and opportunities, both professionally and personally. The usual physical and psychological demands of trying to gather facts and write a story under deadline are greatly magnified when trauma is involved, especially when a large number of victims are dead or seriously injured (although even a single victim can be difficult to cover).
Photojournalists are part of the team of first responders whenever a tragedy occurs. They are there to document the news event in pictures and their work can have a strong and lasting impact on the public consciousness and themselves.