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Trauma Journalism

The harshest criticism from community residents affected by tragedy (e.g., Littleton, CO; Lancaster, PA; Blacksburg, VA) is often reserved for national news media. Major complaints: 1) mistakes, misinformation, and error-filled reporting; 2) arrogant, patronizing, insensitive attitude of reporters; 3) relentless media coverage, which can re-traumatize children and their families, arguably driven not by genuine news value but by the quest for circulation and ratings.

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