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

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/07/no-notoriety-media-focus-victims-shooter

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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