Covering Violence: A Guide to Ethical Reporting About Victims & Trauma / Edition 2

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Reporting on violence is one of the most problematic features of journalistic practice-the area most frequently criticized by the public and those on the receiving end of that coverage. Now in its second edition, Covering Violence remains a crucial guide for becoming a sensitive and responsible reporter. Discussing such topics as rape and the ethics of interviewing children, the book gives students and journalists a detailed understanding of what is happening "on the scene" of a violent event, including where a reporter can go safely and legally, how to obtain the most useful information, and how best to interview and photograph victims and witnesses. This second edition takes our turbulent postmillennium history into account and emphasizes the consequences of frequent exposure to traumatic events. It offers new chapters on 9/11 and terrorism, the Columbine school shootings, and the photographing of violent events, as well as additional profiles of Vietnamese American, Native American, and African American journalists.

More essential than ever, Covering Violence connects journalistic practices to the rapidly expanding body of literature on trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and secondary traumatic stress, and pays close attention to current medical and political debates concerning victims' rights.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Columbia Journalism Review
[Simpson and Coté] offer a revised doctrine: that journalists at an accident or a disaster refrain from commando tactics and even try to be helpful, that victims should get respect and scrupulous coverage...and that journalists themselves can become secondary victims.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231133937
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/27/2006
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 305
  • Sales rank: 1,539,367
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Simpson has been a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and the Detroit Free Press and was the founding director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at the University of Washington. He is the coauthor of Unionism or Hearst: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer Strike of 1936 and An Evening at The Garden of Allah: A Gay Cabaret in Seattle (Columbia).William Coté is emeritus professor of journalism at Michigan State University and the coordinator of the Victims and Media Program. For almost twenty years he was a professional journalist at the Ypsilanti Press and Booth Newspapers State Capitol Bureau. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and has conducted several seminars on victims and the media as well as traumatic stress.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: Journalists and Violence Sharon Schmickle: Finding Peace in Covering a War A Little Boy, a Frantic Effort Sharon Schmickle 1. Assault on an Essential Human System 2. The Journalist: At Risk for Trauma 3. 9/11: Lessons from a Sunny Morning David Handschuh: The Meaning of Being There 4. Reporting at the Scene Marley Shebala: Adding Context to the Scene What Is a Navajo Leader? Marley Shebala 5. The Interview: Assault or Catharsis? Anh Do: Crossing Cultural Borders Hope: Caring for Newborns Inspires an Inmate to Start a Family? Bribing a Guard at Her Husband's Prison So the Couple Can Be Together Anh Do 6. Writing the Trauma Story Sonia Nazario: Writing from the Inside Enrique's Journey: Defeated Seven Times, a Boy Again Faces "the Beast" Sonia Nazario 7. Pictures and Sounds of TraumaFletcher Johnson: Eyewitness to Hell 8. Reporting About Children Jane O. Hansen: Moving Readers to Protect Children Selling Atlanta's Children Jane O. Hansen 9. Columbine: A Story That Won't Let Go 10. Reporting on Rape Trauma Debra McKinney: Charting the Course of Recovery Malignant Memories: It's a Long Road Back to Recovery from Incest Debra McKinney 11. Using the Searchlight with Precision and Sensitivity Scott North: A Witness for the Community Family Supports Decision on Plea Deal; Answers Wait 21 Years Scott North 12. Oklahoma City: "Terror in the Heartland" 13. Conclusions Guidelines for Journalists Who Cover Violence The Dart Award for Excellence in Reporting on Victims of Violence A Note About Trauma Training Resources for Journalists Bibliography Index

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