When tragedy strikes: Dealing with breaking news

As I write this, we as a nation are reeling from a mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night that left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 people injured.

As the story started to break, there were lots of contradictory versions of the story circulating.  Fake news? No.  It’s just that when something big and horrifying happens, the truth can be hard to come by.

NPR has been including the following statement at the bottom of their web stories, in their their podcasts and over the air:

NPR’s media news show On The Media has a guide for news consumers dealing with breaking news, shared here by media critic Matthew Gertz:

And journalist/journalism professor Steve Fox reminds us that the desire for speed by journalists is more likely to lead to errors than is any agenda of the journalist:

Media sociologist Zeynep Tufekci points out this morning  that as reporters, we must always keep in mind what the effects of our coverage can be:

Boston Globe reporter Astead Herndon noted in June 0f 2016 following the Orlando night club shooting that the National Associations of Black Journalists and Hispanic Journalists warns against using superlatives in stories about mass shootings:

Today, NPR’s culture blogger Linda Holmes put up a tweet that really spoke to me as a media professional:

Finally, on days like this we must remember the words of Fred Rogers:

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