Q: What concerns do you have about covering emotive stories like this?
When there is a major disaster, the understandable response of journalists is to rush in and find the most urgent stories as quickly as possible. It serves a necessary purpose – to tell people what the problem is, who is affected, and what help is needed. But these stories also have the potential to alienate. At some point, people can feel overwhelmed and start to switch off. Some may even start to feel hostile, asking ‘why are we constantly being told to feel sorry for these strangers’?