Thank You, WDBJ-7

Image accompanying WDBJ-7’s Twitter post.

Following the murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward today in Virginia, journalists and news organizations around the country made a series of bad decisions. This blog often focuses on mistakes, but not today.

Instead, I’d like to commend the conduct of Parker and Ward’s colleagues in the WDBJ-7 newsroom following the shooting. Today, the people at that CBS affiliate were the pinnacle of good and ethical journalism.

Not only did the station’s journalists responsibly report through unimaginable circumstances, they guided and counseled their grieving community members, who were also searching for information about a developing story. Despite what many people think, good journalists are not unfeeling creatures. Passion and compassion are among the most important items in a journalist’s toolbox.

The journalists of WDBJ-7 honored Alison and Adam today by exemplifying what journalism should be.

For more information on today’s events, please visit WDBJ-7’s website here: http://www.wdbj7.com

A statement from Paul Fletcher, the president-elect of the Society of Professional Journalists, can be found here: http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1375


Andrew M. Seaman is the chair of the Society’s ethics committee. He’s a journalist in New York City.


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