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#Tip: How to cover funerals with respect

December 2nd, 2013Posted by in Top tips for journalists

As the weekend’s tragic events in Glasgow and New York have proven, sometimes disaster can be wholly unpredictable.

Reporting on the resulting funerals will never be an easy job and each should be treated differently. From the families’ point of view, there is no right way for a journalist to cover the death of a loved one but there is definitely a wrong way.

Editors at the Ottawa Citizen had to carefully consider the subject after the deaths of six people in a bus crash gained national attention. Reporter Matthew Pearson drew up 10 tips that he felt should always apply when reporting on such an occasion, posted on The Canadian Journalism Project.

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