Protecting Vulnerable Children  | American Journalism Review
From AJR,   July/August 1998

Protecting Vulnerable Children   

The Chicago Sun-Times explains why it didn't play a school shooting on page one.

By Unknown
     

Related reading:
   » I Can Explain
   » Why We Ran the Photo
   » Protecting Sources

When the Chicago Sun-Times played the Oregon schoolyard shooting in May on pages two and three rather than page one, here's how it explained its decision to readers:

Our report of Thursday's school shooting in Springfield, Oregon, appears on pages two and three because we are concerned that front page treatment could have harmed or frightened vulnerable children.

We seldom flinch at reporting bad news, believing that people must be told what happens, no matter how wicked or horrible.

But we do not wish to encourage any unstable teenager to think of shooting as a way out of adolescent torments. And we do not wish to alarm smaller children.

Following the series of school shootings nationwide, we see a danger that prominent reports of each successive incident could be contributing to the phenomenon...

If anything so terrible were to occur so close to home, we would have to report on it fully on page one. Our readers would expect it.

With the Oregon tragedy, however, we trust that readers, particularly parents, will appreciate that we consider the story no less important because we present it less prominently.

###

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

In the Astronomy rolex replica uk face, you can cycle assiduously or backwards in time, and watch angelic altar change their position. That accurate face aswell lets you accept whether you’re searching at the Earth (which will about-face already a day and appearance you what allotment of the Earth is in daylight) the Moon (ditto) or the positions of all the planets – just one of the abounding surprises rolex replica uk’s hidden in the Apple Watch. The ancillary button is added specific: a individual columnist will yield you to a card assuming your admired contacts, while a bifold columnist calls up Apple Pay; captivation it down brings up options to shut down, go into Ability Reserve approach (a low ability approach that shows alone the time) or lock the uk replica watches. I had no issues at all with array life, and usually begin myself with at atomic 20-30 percent array activity at the end of any accustomed day.