Covering Violence: A Guide to Ethical Reporting About Victims and Trauma / Edition 1

Covering Violence: A Guide to Ethical Reporting About Victims and Trauma / Edition 1

by William Cote, Roger Simpson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231114516

ISBN-13: 9780231114516

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: Columbia University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231114516
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction: Journalists and Violence1
A Witness for the Community13
Slain Mother's Love Manages to Find Daughter18
1Trauma: Assault on an Essential Human System22
2The Journalist's Trauma42
3Reporting at the Scene56
Uncovering What's Already There75
Piedmont Journal: Tried by Deadly Tornado, An Anchor of Faith Holds78
4The Interview: Assault or Catharsis?83
Focusing on the Humanity102
The Deep, Familiar Pain105
5Writing the Story107
6Pictures and Sounds of Trauma123
Photos That Connect145
The Test of Fire153
7Reporting on Rape Trauma157
Charting the Course of Recovery177
Malignant Memories: It's a Long Road Back to Recovery from Incest181
8Reporting About Children185
9Using the Spotlight with Precision and Sensitivity199
10Oklahoma City: "Terror in the Heartland"212
11Conclusions222
The Dart Award for Excellence in Reporting on Victims of Violence235
A Note About Trauma Training237
Bibliography239
Index245

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