Letter: A Tragedy After the Tragedy

To the Editor:

I saw no need to have a close-focus picture of a girl on a school bus as part of your Jan. 4 story about Newtown children returning to school (“Sandy Hook Kids Return to School at New Facility”). I object to the display of the recognizable face of a minor child (an intimate view of a child in a vulnerable situation) when there was no urgent, newsworthy need to do so.

This picture made me think not of the tragedy of the murders in Newtown, but instead of the tragedy implied by the picture — that the survivors are being pursued by crowds of photographers and video cameramen, even as they must return to a difficult situation.

Ironically, you published an opinion piece the same day, headlined “Jury Is Still Out On How Media Performed Covering Newtown.” I guess the answer is: not very well.

Daniel Wing



Column: Jury Is Still Out on How Media Performed Covering Newtown

Thursday, January 3, 2013

There was something reassuring about the wave of public sorrow over the Newtown, Conn., massacre. After Tucson, after Aurora, after the mass shootings in a dozen other places that you or I couldn’t name — events that were shrugged off within days — I was no longer convinced of the public’s capacity to respond to such horror in the right …

Sandy Hook Kids Return To School at New Facility

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Monroe, Conn. — For her son’s first day of school since last month’s massacre at his Sandy Hook Elementary, Sarah Caron tried to make yesterday as normal as possible. She made his favorite pancakes, and she walked the second-grader to the top of the driveway for the school bus. But it was harder than usual to say goodbye. “I hugged …