Writing Ethically

Thursday, November 4, 2010

In New Mexico, a tribe banned a newspaper from its reservation because the newspaper ran a graphic article entailing the details of a tribal member's death.

This is relevant to our news-writing class because should the writer of the article disclosed the details of such a horrific manner?

I think the writer made a mistake by doing so. I don't know if any of you have had to go to a funeral home to plan the arrangements of a lost family member, but I have.

While there, you plan out what you'd like the obituary to say, which includes whether or not to include how the person died.

I know that some journalists view how a person died as hard news, but some events are probably hard to relive by reading about them later on.

Precautions should be taken to protect such outrage from occurring like the anger the tribe in New Mexico is feeling.

I feel the tribe has every right to ban the newspaper from their reservation because more than likely it's private property

The writer shouldn't be fired though, but they should think about what they did to cause such disruption.

Feel free to agree or disagree. I'm open to comments.


Victoria Jones November 9, 2010 at 6:51 AM  

Well from what I read in the article it looks like the tribe was in their rights by banning the paper.

I don't think it should be banned forever though. The graphics of the story could have been left out but I think it's important to know when a member of your community is murdered by another member.

Also it was an article, not an obituary, with a news worthy topic. Maybe he'll just be more careful next time when choosing what to say.

Nicole Gilbert November 9, 2010 at 8:33 PM  

I feel the same way as Victoria that the tribe has the rights to ban the paper.

And like you said people do not want to relive the experiences by reading it. Not ever little detail needs to be inclosed in pieces.

However like Victoria said it is important to know when a member of the community has been murdered. Just not necessarily the details in depth about it.

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