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Melissa: Dichotomy Of TV News

Re: Student pilot killed in chopper crash near Felts Field/Rob Kauder, KXLY

I used to get really angry when I would report on a tragic story, see a body on the side of the road, talk to and try to comfort family members… only to come back to the station and hear people making insensitive comments about what I had just seen and felt in the field. We don’t have that in our newsroom now, thank God. But we do have people who are passionate about their jobs and can’t help but feel proud when we do things well and do things right. In these situations, no matter how busy they are, we still take the time to make sure we’re being as sensitive as we can, yet still fulfilling our obligation to keep the community informed. My boss and I were reviewing video and pictures as they came in (before they hit air) so we could decide if they were appropriate or not/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.

Question: By and large, do the media handle tragedies properly, like the helicopter crash that killed a student pilot at Felt Field Wednesday?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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