Covering Tragedy: The Media and Trauma after Newtown

The mass murder in Newtown has raised many questions about how the media cover traumatic events – and how those same events may traumatize reporters. On Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.,  join John Dankosky, Vance Chair in Journalism and Mass Communications and host of WNPR’s Where We Live, in conversation with journalists who have covered violence.

Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma will be joined by Tina Susman, national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, who has covered war in Iraq, Somalia and Rwanda; and WNPR reporter Jeff Cohen, who covered the Newtown shooting and its aftermath for NPR. Details.

Cutie to CPBN

CT Mirror Publisher and CEO Jim Cutie,  who launched the online news site four years ago, is moving to Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network as Content Director.

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB   11 am

Host: Dennis House (Susan Raff fills in this week)

Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe and Redding Police Chief Doug Fuchs

What they did that day, how they are coping and their thoughts on gun control

Jake McGuigan from the NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation)

How gun control changes will impact gun makers

Mike Lawlor, Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy & Planning, State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-Avon/Canton)

What the state is doing to help those with mental illness

CT Capitol Report  FoxCT  Sunday 10:30 am

Host: Tom Dudchik
 The Real Story FoxCT   Sunday 10 am

Hosts: Laurie Perez and Al Terzi

Former Chief state’s attorney Chris Morano tells us what new the Newtown warrants tell us about shooter Adam Lanza.

Richard Calvert, COO of the Child and Family Agency of SE CT says prevention and early detection programs are the most effective ways to keep schools and children safe.

Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein talks about new state efforts to fairly and effectively manage charitable contributions after tragedies.

The Stan Simpson Show Fox CT Saturday, 6:30 amonline at

Host: Stan Simpson

Fat Loss Coach returns

Guests:  Nutritionist Charles Remington  (aka “The Fat Loss Coach”)  talks about a 12-week fat loss program that he has developed for Stan.

Tips for following a Digital Diet

Guests: David Ryan Polgar, author of “Wisdom in the Age of Twitter” talks about our obsession with technology and information overload.

Focus on Connecticut News12 Saturday: 7:30 am, 11 am, 2:30 pm, 7:30 pm.Sunday: 2:30 am, 7:30 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Host: Tom Appleby

Secretary Benjamin Barnes,Office of Policy and Management

CTN: Capitol Report: Week in Review Sunday at 8 pm      Replays of: The Real Story (8:30 pm), Face the State (9:00 pm),The Stan Simpson Show (9:30 pm)

The Real Deal for NBC 30


CT’s NBC affiliate, WVIT-TV, has won a Peabody for its coverage of the Newtown shootings. From the Peabody website:

Breaking News: Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School (WVIT-TV)

WVIT-TV, West Hartford, CT

The first TV-news outlet to report the horrendous shooting spree at Sandy Hook, WVIT broadcast careful, comprehensive coverage that informed not only its own audience but viewers around the country.

One can offer only somber congratulations; we weep for the victims, yet we applaud those news outlets that did their job well and are recognized for it. We recall the Hartford Courant winning a Pulitzer in 1999 for its coverage of the shootings at the CT Lottery Headquarters; staff wanted to celebrate the professional accomplishment but, understandably, without exploiting the memory of the tragedy’s victims. Congrats to NBC 30.

Professor Bazell

The next time you’re in New Haven (New HAY-ven for you out-of-staters) you could bump into longtime NBC science and health correspondent Robert Bazell. He’s announced he’s leaving the network after 38 years to work at Yale where he’ll serve as an adjunct professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

Quick- What’s the Capital of Connecticut?

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WTIC-am’s newscasts now begin with an announcer intoning,  “Reporting from Connecticut’s capital – we are WTIC Newstalk 1080....”

But the station moved out of Hartford to a Farmington office park in the late 90s.

Whatever…at least they still do local news for which we must be grateful these days.




FOI Event

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The New England First Amendment Coalition will host an FOI event at Quinnipiac University on March 27 at 6 p.m.Panelists will include Beau Berman of WTIC TV, Bill Cummings of Hearst CT, Matt Kauffman of the Hartford Courant, and Jill Konopka of WFSB.

The session is a continuation of Sunshine Week, the annual, national promotion of the need for open government and freedom of information.

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