It’s normal for people to question what they hear.
But when people have to doubt organizations whose sole purpose is relaying the facts, there is bound to be turmoil.
Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter accident along with eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, on Jan. 26. The news of Bryant’s death shattered the Los Angeles community and left the globe in utter disbelief.
However, as digital media’s global span continues to advance across the world, it’s important to evaluate the speed at which it’s evolving.
There are no set rules when it comes to reporting on a breaking tragedy. But journalistic ethics exist for a reason, and journalists would be wise to heed those moral judgments moving forward – especially in the age of social media reporting.
It also left the public fully dependent on the media for confirmation on who died and what happened.
Unfortunately, respected journalists and media companies leaked rumors in an effort to break the news first, compromising journalistic ethics and respect for the victims’ families.