Covering tragedies: A personal account

Stephen Baker

Should the press cover people's personal tragedies? No doubt, they sell papers and attracts viewers. But there a reason to tell these stories, for the victims and their community? In the age of personal publishing, should it be up to the people whether or not to blog their misfortunes? I thought about this while reading Jeff Jarvis describe the photographers feasting upon mourners yesterday at Ground Zero. It brought to mind a story of my own--one I'm not too proud of--from my newspaper reporting days.

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