How the media cover disasters
Ottawa bus crash raised questions about how reporters cover sensitive news
When disaster hits, reporters head straight for the people most affected: survivors, victims and their families. In Ottawa, this happened two weeks ago when a transit bus crashed with a Via passenger train, killing six people and injuring dozens more.
But it also raised questions in the community about how the media gather the news and how sensitive issues, like the death of a loved one, are handled.
Ontario Today hosted a call-in show on how media handle disaster coverage and that conversation continued with a live chat. Our guests were:
- David Studer, CBC's director of journalistic standards.
- Robert Russo, managing editor of CBC News's Parliamentary bureau.
- Paula Waddell, executive producer, local news Ottawa.
- Ruth Zowdu, executive producer, radio current affairs Ottawa.