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#Tip: How to cover funerals with respect

December 2nd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted 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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BBC: Whitney Houston funeral coverage ‘reflected the significant interest’ in her death

February 22nd, 2012 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Broadcasting, Journalism

The BBC has issued a statement in response to complaints about the length of its live coverage of Whitney Houston’s funeral service.

The broadcaster reports that it received 118 complaints about its live coverage of the 3 and a half-hour service, which appeared on the BBC News channel.

Live coverage of the service began at 17:00 GMT and continued until just before 20:30 GMT, with the BBC continuing to report on the story afterwards.

In a statement, published by the BBC, the broadcaster said the coverage “reflected the significant interest in her sudden death as well as acknowledging the impact she had as a global recording artist”.

It acknowledged that “some people felt there was too much coverage” but said BBC One’s teatime bulletin, radio bulletins and other services had still given viewers “the best access to the day’s other news stories”.

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