Research recently published relating to the reporting of death and the relationship between journalists and families suffering a bereavement found that it is the journalists, rather than the families, who were the least encouraging about having to carry out ‘the death knock’.
With the addition of social media to this environment, potentially offering a collection of further content relating to an individual, this week’s podcast acts as a reminder for journalists on industry guidelines and offers further advice on how to cover death in the news in a responsible way and in light of new media.
The podcast features interviews with director of the Press Complaints Commission Stephen Abell, journalism lecturer and one of the authors of the recent research into bereaved families and the press, Jackie Newton, and press and PR manager at Samaritans Sal Lalji.
Here is a link to more information on ‘Hacking into tragedy’, the 2012 book which features the research by Jackie Newton and Dr Sallyanne Duncan.
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