Media blogger Helen Lewis of Britain’s NewStatesman.com contrasts the advice for avoiding mass murders from forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz with the front page newspaper coverage of the Colorado shootings found in British newspapers.
If you don’t want to propagate more mass murders…
Don’t start the story with sirens blaring.
Don’t have photographs of the killer.
Don’t make this 24/7 coverage.
Do everything you can not to make the body count the lead story.
Not to make the killer some kind of anti-hero.
Do localise this story to the affected community and as boring as possible in every other market.
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