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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

Corinth

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