This Sunday on Face the State we are talking about Newtown and how the media has been doing covering the release of the 9-1-1 tapes and the impending one year mark of the Sandy Hook School shooting.
We are joined by a panel of experts: Duby McDowell, media consultant with McDowell Jewett Communications and former Face the State moderator, also two journalism professors, Ben Bogardus of Quinnipiac University and Marie Shanahan of the University of Connecticut.
Read more about WFSB’s Newtown decision right here: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/wfsb-to-honor-newtowns-request-to-stay-away-on-december-14th/
Also this Sunday, 20 years of change in New Haven is entering a new phase. After two decades as mayor, John DeStefano is stepping down. He joins us along with his development director, Kelly Murphy.
Tune in this Sunday at 11AM for Face the State only on WFSB Channel 3.
Here is a preview of our flashback: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/weicker-remembers-fight-for-mandela/
I’m currently enrolled in graduate studies at Quinnipiac University in its Interactive Media program. I’m completing my final assignment for Internet Ethics and Policy. The topic I chose for my paper is around the question, “Is it the moral and ethical right and obligation of the media to report on the Sandy Hook anniversary?” Your telecast came at the perfect time.
One could argue that it’s the public’s right to know how the town is handling the tragedy one year later. There are many concerned people around globe interested in knowing how the families and the town are adjusting in the aftermath. Reports via social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LiveJournal give readers the information they crave when they can’t get enough via other forms of media.
On the other hand Newtown needs its privacy and should be allowed to grieve without media interference. There are no official events planned to bring awareness to various causes so what is newsworthy about the anniversary?
Sorry Ben Bogarus, but I stand with Channel 3 and its decision. Kudos to the stance its taking.