By Jody Santos
'Thou shall stay aim' is the number-one newsroom commandment, yet in recent times cracks have began to seem within the information media's goal fa_ade. American newshounds were driven to the emotional breaking point with such fresh tragedies and September eleventh and Virginia Tech. Like social scientists, journalists are anticipated to be resistant to, or even aloof from, the soreness and pain they chronicle. bold to consider: Violence, the scoop Media, and Their feelings demanding situations this journalistic mandate, rather because it relates to the emotional subject of violence. Interviewing reporters who've coated many of the worst tragedies in our nation's historical past, Jody Santos indicates what occurs while the scoop media dare to believe. now not indifferent observers, they're unfastened to determine violence in all of its emotional complexity. In permitting themselves to event the fashion, helplessness and worry of these who've survived violence, those journalists inform deeper, extra relocating stories-stories that optimistically may have a profound impact at the means society perspectives and confronts devastating difficulties reminiscent of baby abuse and faculty massacres. bold to suppose isn't a choice to scrap objectivity yet an try to rebalance journalism's hierarchical courting among pondering and feeling; relatively, Santos creates an insightful new discussion concerning the price of emotionally engaged reporting.
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As an example, Yllo talks about the women she interviewed for a study on marital rape. “Women described terrible experiences, and some of them hit me much harder than others, even though they were all terrible in various ways,” she says. ” “It wasn’t the psychotic husband who tortured his wife—that’s one psychotic guy that needs to be put away. What got me so much more were these women who were trying and having to make choices between only bad options in their lives, like you’re going to prostitute yourself or your child,” she says.
In the articles they reviewed, the police tended to “dehumanize the crime” by focusing more on the mechanics of it than the people involved and the dynamics of their relationship. What’s more, the police did not characterize the fatalities as a culmination of events between the abuser and victim or as part of a larger social problem. 9 In this way, feminist researchers argue, police officers—and the journalists who rely on them—ultimately serve the needs of patriarchy by not acknowledging the dominant role gender bias plays in the abuse of women.
He once wrote a series about a woman who had been set on fire by her estranged husband, and he recalls how one of his editors suggested he explore the husband’s motive for the crime. “An editor brought into question the paternity of one of the children,” says Vargas. “I told them that we couldn’t get caught up in those things, that there was no gray area here. ” In her book News Coverage of Violence Against Women: Engendering Blame, media analyst Marian Meyers says that when it comes to gender violence, there are not always two sides to every story.