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Poynter's Kelly McBride talks about the ethics of reporting on teen suicide

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Poynter's Kelly McBride spoke with KHQ's Stephanie Vigil about the sensitivity that comes with reporting on teen suicide Poynter's Kelly McBride spoke with KHQ's Stephanie Vigil about the sensitivity that comes with reporting on teen suicide
SPOKANE, Wash. - We normally don't report on suicides, but with five students in the Spokane area taking their own lives this year alone, we felt a duty to the community to begin the conversation on how we can prevent this from happening. We wanted to make sure we were being as sensitive about the subject as possible while still offering helpful prevention methods. KHQ's Stephanie Vigil spoke with Poynter's Kelly McBride about our responsibility of reporting on a very sensitive topic.


McBride is frequently sought by the world's largest newsrooms for advice on reporting on such sensitive topics. Until recently, she ran the Ethics Department and the Reporting, Writing and Editing Department at Poynter. 


She is the co-editor, along with Tom Rosenstiel, of a book: The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century, which features essays by 14 thought leaders and practitioners, as well as a new code of ethics for journalists and people who care about journalism.


We know how important the issue of teen suicide is, but it can be difficult to cover simply from a standpoint of not wanting to glamorize incidents, but rather to educate and prevent further tragedies. For advice on how we handled the topic, we sought out Kelly's advice. You can watch her interview with KHQ's Stephanie Vigil here.  


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