Journalists, researchers and mental health professionals offer advice on how to deal with people caught up in tragic events.
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Stay empathetic, stow your ego and keep focused on finding great stories: award-winning photographer Patrick Hamilton's experiences covering quakes in Papua, New Guinea are relevant to newsgatherers working in the Christchurch quake zone.
Report on both sides of the conflict, but don't get caught in the middle; know your exit route at all times; remain engaged but detached. News professionals offer insights to reporters and photojournalists on best practices when reporting on volatile confrontations.
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.
As local and national journalists scramble to make sense of a mass shooting that leaves a U.S. Congresswoman grievously wounded and six dead – including a federal judge – resources from the Dart Center's archive offer guidance to reporters in the field and managers in the newsroom.
Sacramento State Hornet student journalists were among the first to arrive at the scene where a California State University, Sacramento, student was beaten to death and his alleged assailant was shot by police. In this video produced by photojournalist Brian Feulner, four editors recall their actions and reactions in covering the tragic event.