‘No Notoriety’: the campaign to focus on shooting victims, not killers


Coverage of the Capital Gazette attack showed how much the principle has taken hold in newsrooms, and how far there still is to goThe morning after a mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper, Fox News had a photograph of the alleged killer leading its home page. The New York Post tabloid had plastered his face on its cover with the headline: “Newspaper ‘Vendetta’.” But the home page of CNN.com was different. It was intensely, intimately focused on the five victims of the shooting. Their first names were the headline: “Rob. Gerald. John. Rebecca. Wendi.” The leading graphic on the page showed each of their photographs in turn. There was no photograph of the alleged shooter, and no mention of his name. Continue reading…

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