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Sam The Intern: Covering Death

Today I wrote a story on a well-known man in the community who died. I thought this was a good time to throw out some pointers for those who may have never done coverage of such happenings. These events are difficult for everyone, including the journalist. If you’re human, it can be difficult to ask someone to share their personal stories with you about someone who they’ve lost. It’s difficult to sit there and watch as a person breaks down while they try to tell you the story, without perhaps crying yourself, the whole time knowing you’re basically an intruder who is being paid to get information from them. But covering deaths or similar tragedies (perhaps a severe injury, etc.) is important in order to pay tribute to people. Sure, you’re doing a job, but you’ve already got one of the best jobs in the world; you write for a living, and you must share the story of this person with the public.

For the rest of Sam Taylor’s comment, click here. BTW, Sam was writing about the passing of Pat Flammia.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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