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Matrix-Hostage Reporting

Matrix-Hostage Reporting

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CMFR's matrix of guidelines in crisis reporting from different news organizations
CMFR's matrix of guidelines in crisis reporting from different news organizations

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Published by: Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility on Sep 09, 2010
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- Beyond competitive factors,what are your motivations for"going live?" Why do yourviewers need to know about thisstory before journalists have theopportunity to edit, question orfilter the information off the air?What truth testing are youwilling to give up in order tospeed information to theviewer?- How does the journalist knowthat the information they haveis true? How many sources haveconfirmed the information?How does the source know whatthey say they know to be true?What this source’s pastreliability? How willing is thesource to be quoted?- What are the consequencesshort-term and long-term of going on the air with theinformation? What are theconsequences of waiting foradditional confirmation or for a- Avoid describing with wordsor showing with stillphotography and video anyinformation that could divulgethe tactics or positions of SWATteam members.- Seriously weigh the benefitsto the public of whatinformation might be given outversus what potential harmthat information might cause.This is especially important inlive reporting of an ongoingsituation.- Be forthright with viewers,listeners or readers about whycertain information is beingwithheld if security reasons areinvolved.- Challenge any gut reaction to"go live" from the scene of ahostage-taking crisis, unlessthere are strong journalisticreasons for a live, on-the-scenereport. Things can go wrongvery quickly in a live report,- Provide no livecoverage of terrorists, whichgives them anuneditedpropagandaplatform.- We do notinterview aperpetrator live onair.- We do notbroadcast any videoand/or audioprovided by aperpetrator live onair.- We install a delaywhen broadcastinglive material of sensitive stories, forexample a schoolsiege or planehijack. This isparticularlyimportant when theoutcome isunpredictable andwe may recorddistressing materialthat is unsuitable forbroadcast withoutcareful thought.- Except in the mostcompellingcircumstances, andthen only with theapproval of thePresident of CBSNews, or in thePresident'sabsence, the SeniorVice President of News, there shouldbe no live coverageof the terrorist/kidnapper since wemay fall into thetrap of providing anunedited platformfor him/her. (Thisdoes not limit liveon-the-spotreporting by CBSNews reporters,but care should beexercised to assurerestraint andcontext.)
regular newscast?- Are you prepared to air theworst possible outcome thatcould result from this unfoldingstory? (such as a person killinghimself or someone else live onTV) What outcomes are you notwilling to air? Why? How do youknow the worst possibleoutcome will not occur?- What is the tone of thecoverage? How can the journalist raise viewerawareness of a significant eventwhile minimizing hype and fear?Who in your newsroom isresponsible for monitoring thetone of what is being broadcast?- What electronic safety net hasyour station considered thatcould minimize harm, such as atape and signal delay, that couldgive you time to dump out of live coverage if the situationturns graphic, violent orcompromises the safety of endangering lives or damagingnegotiations. Furthermore, askif the value of a live, on-the-scene report is really justifiablecompared to the harm thatcould occur.
others?- How clearly does the technicalcrew at your TV stationunderstand the newsrooms'standard for graphic content?How well are guidelinesunderstood by directors, tapeeditors, live shot techs,photojournalists, pilots, orengineers who might have tomake an editorial call when thenews director or other "formaldecision-maker" is notavailable?- What factor does the time of day play in your decision tocover a breaking event? Forexample, if the event occurswhen children normally arewatching television, how doesthat fact alter the tone anddegree of your coverage?
2A. Covering anongoing incident
- Assume the gunman/hostagetaker always has access to thereporting.- Give no information, factual- Avoidinflammatorycatch-words andphrases.- We should alsoconsider carefullythe ethical issuesraised by providing a- An essentialcomponent of thestory is thedemands of the

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