When to press as Press?

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These readings laid out in detail exactly why reporters sometimes act the way that they do in the movies. Constantly running after victims, shoving cameras in faces, or shouting questions in faces that often only upset the victim even further. The Ch. 5 readings gave examples of how to present oneself to a victim or family member without essentially alienating the potential source which would be a vital need for the reporter. I think Lori Dickerson was right when she said, "We can go out and get our stories and the exclusives and still be human." This is a key fact to remember, especially for a reporter who may only wish to gather anything that might resemble a story instead of taking a bit of their time to consider their rash actions. This text definately has some great pointers on crime reporting.

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Nessa said:

I like the part about being human- very important! There's no need to be unethical just to get a story- I understand the need to have the best story and be the first but sometimes, doesn't the line have to be drawn? Do you want to be known as the reporter whom victims will talk to be because they've heard your rep for being fair and understanding or that reporter who is known for always having the first news, but at any cost? (Semi-unrelated- on VH1 when they were interviewing the paparazzi the ones that weren't overly stalkerish or pushy often got the best picts because the celebs respected them more. Same applies here...kinda)

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