|Appears in Collections:||Communications, Media and Culture Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||Preparing Journalism Students for the Blameless Bugle and the Guilty Gazette|
|Author(s):||McKay, Jennifer May|
Journalism Vocational guidance Great Britain|vHandbooks, manuals, etc.
Journalism Social aspects
Death in mass media
Grief Social aspects
|Citation:||McKay JM (2007) Preparing Journalism Students for the Blameless Bugle and the Guilty Gazette. Ethical Space, 4 (4), pp. 51-53. http://www.communicationethics.net/espace/|
|Abstract:||First paragraph: When a 13-year-old girl from my children’s school drowned with her father in a boating accident a few years ago, the story prompted me, as a journalist and lecturer in journalism, to reflect again on the way journalists act. I remembered why my training on a regional daily paper convinced me I was not cut out for a career in hard news. I now teach students about how to approach death knocks and rehearse for them the arguments of news editors about why these have to be done, but I was never convinced by the latter and consequently never comfortable about doing the former. Intruding into a family’s grief and shock is, it seems to me still, a low-rent way to make a living. I know editors say the family often finds it therapeutic to talk, or may be keen to see the loved one honoured, but I doubt whether many families would choose to be pursued by a pack of baying hacks within hours of a tragic death. The justifications for death knocks are spurious, as any journalist knows deep down. And, as I’ve suggested elsewhere, (McKay 2006: 217-218) journalists are definitely not the most appropriate or helpful people to speak to in a time of great personal trouble.|
|Rights:||Copyright Jenny McKay 2007; The editor has granted permission for use of this article in this Repository. The article was first published in Ethical Space by Abramis Academic.|
|Ethical Space Vol 4 No 4 Dec 07 .pdf||Fulltext - Accepted Version||91.11 kB||Adobe PDF||View/Open|
This item is protected by original copyright
Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.
The metadata of the records in the Repository are available under the CC0 public domain dedication: No Rights Reserved https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact email@example.com providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.