Here’s the latest from the crossroads of faith and media: Help for the greatest American heroes. John Tesh, Connie Sellecca and Gib Gerard, the hosts of the popular nationally-syndicated radio shows Intelligence for Your Life and Intelligence for Your Health, will broadcast a live 6-hour Facebook fundraiser to benefit the nation’s healthcare workers. The event […]
Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.
After Oregon shootings, an idea’s time finally comes. Victims from previous mass shooting incidents have been urging the media to cool it when it comes to giving the gunmen the recognition that they crave. Fortunately, their pleas may finally be having an impact. Here’s what they want:
NO NOTORIETY CHALLENGE TO THE MEDIA
- Limit the name and likeness of the individual from reporting after initial identification, except when the alleged assailant is still at large and in doing so would aid in the assailant’s capture.
- Refuse to broadcast/publish photos and/or self-serving statements made by the individual. Elevate the names and likenesses of all victims killed to send the message their lives are more important than the killer.
- Recognize that the prospect of infamy could serve as a motivating factor for other individuals to kill others and could inspire copycat crimes. Keep this responsibility in mind when reporting.
- Agree to promote data and analysis from experts in mental health, public safety, and other relevant professions to support further steps to help eliminate the motivation behind mass murder. Recognize that the individual’s name and likeness is irrelevant to media coverage of such acts unless the alleged assailant is at large.