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Trauma Journalism

Trauma journalism requires empathy for victims and others affected by crisis and tragedy. Traditional newsrooms cite objectivity as a standard. But the true definition relates to a scientific or “non-biased” method of reporting, not an imposed neutrality or lack of emotion. According to Kovach and Rosenstiel (The Elements of Journalism), “impartiality was never what was meant by objectivity.” Successful reporting calls for transparency, verification and a reliable (credible) version of events.

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