OTM Response: Managing The Media After Tragedy

Victims of tragedy and their families often struggle to create something worthwhile out of incalculable loss.  To create a sense of reality and sometimes even awareness for their causes, families and victims turn to the media. The families say how sometimes this is therapeutic talking to people and getting sympathy in a sense.  On The Media addresses the intersection of tragedy and media coverage.  There should be some type of management on communicating to the media during tragedies. 

American media gives people the opportunities to communicate during tragedies, but sometimes its hard to manage media coverage.  There is a heartbreaking photo of a girl at the Sandy Hook Elementary scene withe a girl is crying into a cell phone.  That was the sister of school teacher and heroine Victoria Soto.  She had no control when that photo was exposed by the media. The sister, Carlee Soto, lsays of the picture taken ‘It’s like a reminder of that moment all over again, it kills’.  How can people manage media coverage as they dub “iconic” photos of tragedies? 

Here is a link to an interview with Carlee Soto:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249984/Sandy-Hook-teacher-Victoria-Sotos-sister-talks-gut-wrenching-picture-crying.html


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