Coverage of the Capital Gazette attack showed how much the principle has taken hold in newsrooms, and how far there still is to go
The morning after a mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper, Fox News had a photograph of the alleged killer leading its home page. The New York Post tabloid had plastered his face on its cover with the headline: “Newspaper ‘Vendetta’.”
But the home page of CNN.com was different. It was intensely, intimately focused on the five victims of the shooting. Their first names were the headline: “Rob. Gerald. John. Rebecca. Wendi.” The leading graphic on the page showed each of their photographs in turn. There was no photograph of the alleged shooter, and no mention of his name.