Journalism Ethics: News Coverage of the Trayvon Martin Shooting and Death of Robin Williams

Title

Journalism Ethics: News Coverage of the Trayvon Martin Shooting and Death of Robin Williams

Authors

Presenter(s)

Dawnn P Fann, Anna Lagattuta Lagattuta, Annette M Taylor

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Description

Anna Lagattuta explores how several news organizations used edited versions of 9-1-1 tapes in their coverage of the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, which created a distorted view of the situation. She considers ethical decision-making in selection of facts and what the press should have done in its reporting. Dawnn Fann examines press coverage of the 2011 death of actor/comedian Robin Williams, and whether the reporting adhered to ethical standards of reporting truth while minimizing harm to the surviving family as well as those suffering mental illness. She considers how the press can remain accountable as well as sensitive when reporting on suicides, especially of celebrities.

Publication Date

4-5-2017

Project Designation

Course Project - Undergraduate

Primary Advisor

Annette M Taylor

Primary Advisor's Department

Communication

Keywords

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Journalism Ethics: News Coverage of the Trayvon Martin Shooting and Death of Robin Williams

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