Not Naming Mass Shooters (Much) Is Now the Norm
Just one week ago, newsrooms mobilized to cover yet another mass shooting, this time in a municipal building in Virginia Beach. As they told the story of the 12 murders, the vast majority of newspapers and TV stations covering the tragedy embraced the practice of not using the shooter’s name unless it was absolutely necessary. For an industry that is often criticized for being slow to change, this development is remarkable.
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