The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma has produced an excellent roundup and assessment of the coverage of the London bombings and has a list of resources for reporters covering events like the London bombings. Given the attention (and criticism) the “citizen paparazzi” have been getting on this story, perhaps bloggers and owners of camera-phones should read this, too.
Historically, many news organisations were criticised for indifference to reporters’ well-being in hostile environements, traumatic situations, or potentially-dangerous stories. But there has also been at least one over-reaction in the opposite direction, as Alyson Fixter reports for the Press Gazette:
Journalists at more than 60 weekly newspapers were banned from going out to report on the London bombings last Thursday amid fears for their safety — even though some were as far away as Kent and Buckinghamshire.
Staff at Trinity Mirror Southern titles — including the South London Press, The Wharf, the Croydon Advertiser, the Reading Chronicle and even the Whitstable & Herne Bay Times series — received an order to come back to the office or go straight home on Thursday afternoon.
A member of staff who contacted Press Gazette said the decision “went down like a lead balloon” in newsrooms as even journalists who were on jobs unrelated to the bombing, miles from London, were recalled.