Friday, July 27, 2012
Covering the Colorado Shootings
It's hard to believe that the Colorado shootings happened only one week ago. When news was breaking about the catastrophe I was in Edinburgh with some fellow Grady students. We obsessively checked our phones to catch any kind of news about the terrible event. Saturday morning literally every news stand and coffee shop was plastered with the daunting image of Holmes smiling eerily out of newspaper and magazine covers. Some of the other Grady students and I got into a deep discussion about whether news outlets ought to be using his photo and name on the front page of every paper. Some argued that news organizations were giving rewarding him with undeserved "fame." They said that perhaps news organizations should focus more on the victims rather than the killer. Giving him so much attention, they argued, was probably exactly what he wanted. However, I believe that it would be impossible to cover the story without using his name and photo so excessively. The story is that this lunatic massacred a movie theater and planned his attack meticulously. There's no way to inform the public about the even without using his photo and name on the front page. If it's fame he wanted, it's fame he got. The media aren't honoring him; they're simply informing the public.