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How should journalists cover traumatic events?

After the attack in Manchester, journalists must perform a balancing act between pursuing the story and behaving ethically. It's an act I know well

By James Rodgers  

The challenge for journalists is to find the balance between getting the story and behaving ethically. Photo: Kiran Jonnalagadda

“Go on to the next crying woman,” the instruction, from correspondent to cameraman, came out of the open door of a hotel room. Deadline approached. The team, who had been out all day in the bone-chilling damp of early winter in the North Caucasus, were checking that day’s footage—up against time, unreliable technology, and, perhaps most pressingly, the competition.

It was 1999, and war in Chechnya, the second conflict in three years, was daily driving thousands of refugees…

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