Virginia Killing Of Two Journalists Offer Lessons For Newsrooms

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Several lessons from the murders of two Virginia journalists were offered by Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute, a journalist training organization. The job of journalism involves risk and danger, he notes, but the incident should not stop journalists from going out into the public and hearing what people have to say to us. Newsrooms should assess how much risk they expose their journalists to every day. Tompkins says he is "especially concerned about the large number of one-man-band journalists who wade into crowds and confront people who would rather not talk. A journalist with a camera . . .

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