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  • 1. The Ethics and Practice of Trauma Journalism: Using New Media to Cover Tragedy Rachele Kanigel San Francisco State University
  • 2. New Media Tools
    • Twitter to report new developments
    • Interactive maps to show where things are happening
    • Facebook to build and serve communit
    • Interactive features like discussion boards to allow community to vent and discuss
    • Video to document live events, action
    • Mobile formats for people who don’t have access to computers
  • 3. Twitter
    • Use Twitter regularly so readers will know to look for updates when there’s a crisis
    • Post new developments in the story on Twitter -- damage reports, deaths or injuries, new information
    • Assign hashtags to major stories so people can follow updates easily
    • Have Twitter posts link back to your news Web site
  • 4. Interactive maps
    • Show the effects of a storm, earthquake, fire or other natural disaster on a campus or community
    • Include photographs in the map
    • Show the path of a gunman or other threat to the community
    • Use data boxes to explain what happened at each site
    • Plot emergency shelters, first-aid centers, open stores and other services for victims
  • 5. Source: Los Angeles Times
  • 6. Facebook
    • Create a Facebook page for your publication
    • Create Facebook pages for major ongoing stories/issues
    • Help people connect -- students left homeless, people in a particular group hit hard by a tragedy
    • Create resource pages linking trauma victins to the services they need
  • 7. Interactive features
    • Give the community discussion boards or other online vehicles to share information and to vent
    • Set up memorial sites for people who have died
    • Create discussion topics on issues related to the trauma -- should gun laws be changed? did the campus deal with the traumatic event responsibly?
    • Allow people to share their experiences -- where were you when the big one hit?
  • 8. Video
    • Think about what video does well -- showing action, emotion, movement, process
    • Document important moments -- press conferences, protest rallies, candlelight vigils, major announcements
  • 9. Mobile formats
    • Create news podcasts for people who don’t have consistent access to computers and/or electricity
    • Establish a mobile alert system
    • Think about how to link to users’ cell phones and iPods
  • 10. More new media tips
    • Think about the problems this trauma has created and how technology can help solve them.
    • What voids can your news organization fill?
    • What useful information can you collect and share?
    • How can you use new media to help people connect?
    • Think about packaging your coverage so readers have a one-stop shop for information.
  • 11.