‘Avoid unneeded gory details about the victims’ deaths’
Currently,I am associated with a small and independent crime and human rights magazine being published from Calcutta.Before writing any story,I try to follow the guidelines provided by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
2. Always be accurate. Check back with the victim or victim’s representative to verify spellings of names, facts and even quotes. The reason: When you first talk to a victim, he or she may be confused or distracted. Double-checking can ensure accuracy. It also may provide you with additional information and quotes that you can use.
4. Avoid unneeded gory details about the victims’ deaths. After the Oklahoma City bombing, certain reporters chose not to reveal that body parts were dangling from the trees near the federal building. Ask yourself whether the images are pertinent or will do unnecessary harm to certain members of your readership or broadcast audience. Also, avoid words and terms such as “closure,” “will rest in peace” or “a shocked community mourns the death.” Use simple and clear words as good writers do for any story.
5. Use quotes and anecdotes from the victim’s relatives and friends to describe the person’s life. Especially those that tell h ow the person had overcome obstacles. Seek current photos of the victim (but always return them as soon as possible). This way, you know what the person looked like.