Each time we’re faced with incidents of police brutality and resulting protests, journalists must make careful decisions about how to accurately and respectfully document events while also mitigating harm — harm to the staff, to the families and people directly involved, and to the community at large.
Those decisions are — and should feel — high stakes. They can have a big impact, and we should take them seriously. Making choices with thoughtfulness, integrity and transparency can help us show care for our communities. It can also help us set ourselves apart in a media landscape full of information outlets more focused on shock value than on the gravity of their responsibilities.
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