The shooting of two TV journalists prompts a broadcast communication professor to draw insights on ethics and personal safety and pass them on to aspiring journalists.
Classifying killers into particular types is intuitively appealing. It helps us make sense of what otherwise seems senseless. But this approach tells us only the smallest fraction of their motivation.
If someone wants to create panic with a gun and a smartphone, they can. If journalists want to protect the public from disturbing images, they can’t.
Mainstream media and social media go different ways on the ethical questions raised by the airing of video showing on-camera shooting of journalists.