Daring to Feel: Violence, the News Media, and Their Emotions by Jody Santos

By Jody Santos

'Thou shall stay target' is the number-one newsroom commandment, yet in recent years cracks have all started to seem within the information media's aim fa_ade. American reporters were driven to the emotional breaking point with such fresh tragedies and September eleventh and Virginia Tech. Like social scientists, journalists are anticipated to be proof against, or even aloof from, the soreness and agony they chronicle. bold to believe: Violence, the inside track Media, and Their feelings demanding situations this journalistic mandate, really because it relates to the emotional subject of violence. Interviewing newshounds who've coated the various worst tragedies in our nation's historical past, Jody Santos indicates what occurs whilst the inside track media dare to suppose. not indifferent observers, they're loose to determine violence in all of its emotional complexity. In permitting themselves to adventure the trend, helplessness and worry of these who've survived violence, those newshounds inform deeper, extra relocating stories-stories that expectantly may have a profound influence at the approach society perspectives and confronts devastating difficulties akin to baby abuse and faculty massacres. bold to suppose isn't really a decision to scrap objectivity yet an try to rebalance journalism's hierarchical dating among pondering and feeling; particularly, Santos creates an insightful new discussion concerning the price of emotionally engaged reporting.

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In one of his more notorious excursions, he was once beat up by a group of Hell’s Angels as part of his initiation into the group. For Thompson and other New Journalists, the subjective voice served a purpose. A new era in American politics and culture required a new kind of journalism, a way to challenge the nation’s timidity and its false respect for authority. The neutral, reserved voice of the conventional reporter simply did not have the power to do that. Getting Engaged 25 The New Journalists also didn’t trust the rhetoric of objectivity to capture the complexities of the times.

The recovery of her body (and, later, of the remains of her eight-month-old baby) in San Francisco Bay made national headlines, and her husband Scott’s subsequent murder trial sparked a media frenzy. Laci was a stay-at-home wife whom the press characterized as the girl next door. She “epitomized traditional notions of what women should do with their lives,” say Meloy and Miller, and as a result, the news media deemed her story newsworthy. The second case involved the 2002 disappearance of twenty-four-yearold Evelyn Hernandez and her five-year-old son, Alex.

In addition, our reliance on police as the main sources of information about crimes often reinforces certain stereotypes about violence that may be harmful to survivors. And, finally, by sticking to the whos, whats, wheres, whens, and hows of journalism and rarely asking why a violent crime has occurred, we portray violence as an outof-the-blue, unavoidable occurrence rather than as part of a larger social problem. 4 Chapter 1 Most of the research on media coverage of violence focuses on stories about the abuse of women.

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