John Jenks, professor of journalism and chair of communication arts and sciences, recently moderated a panel broadcast on C-SPAN on media coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
The panel was held as part of the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Washington D.C.
"We as journalism educators should learn from the pros," Jenks said. "This story also teaches us more specific lessons that we can pass on to our students: How to deal sensitively and powerfully in reporting on intense trauma, how to report the biggest manhunt in decades in a locked-down city, how to deal with a flood of unsourced information and rumors circulating on social media, how to responsibly report on a fluid, ongoing terrorist investigation."
The panel included several Boston-area and national reporters as well as scholars. Among them were NPR national counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston, Boston Globe
columnist Kevin Cullen, Boston.com social media director Teresa Hanafin and Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute.
Jenks has been involved with the AEJMC for many years and for the past three years has been tasked with bringing together panels of journalists who have covered some of the biggest recent stories in the news.
Past panels included the Trayvon Martin case and the Virginia Tech shootings.
Click here to view the full video on the C-SPAN website