In the hours and days following the last week's massacre at Umpqua Community College, many called on the media not to name the shooter. The idea? Not to give him the attention and fame he was seeking in carrying out the act. But, there are many in the journalism community who say that while they can respect the concept of the 'No Notoriety' campaign, we'd be betraying the basic tenants of our profession if we adhered.
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “Media: Please ignore Oregon sheriff’s appeal never to mention shooter’s name”
Kelly McBride, Poynter: “Why it’s important to name the shooter”
Elizabeth Jensen, NPR: “Naming the shooter: Why NPR should identify the suspect”
Brian Stelter, CNN: “’No Notoriety’ campaign to not name mass murderers sees progress”
Mark Follman, Mother Jones: “How the media inspires mass shooters”
Gabriel Arana, Huffington Post: “Megyn Kelly and Don Lemon spar over whether media should name Oregon shooter”
Lindsey Leake, KVAL-TV: “’Forget Oregon’s gunman’: Many say remember the hero, not the zero”
Kelly House, The Oregonian: “Sheriff’s refusal to name Oregon school shooter sparks national debate”
When reporting gets ugly
As the public becomes heavier users of social media, so too do journalists. So, when one of the Umpqua Community College students tweeted what was happening during Thursday's shooting, journalists across the country responded, hoping to talk to an eyewitness.
A cold-hearted approach? Or a more transparent look at how journalists do their job?
Polly Mesendz, Medium: “What it’s like to report on mass shootings regularly”
Barry Petchesky, The Concourse: “Reporting is ugly”
Sam Biddle, Gawker: “Reporters are rude during tragedies before they’re reporting”
Obama calls for context
President Obama, frustrated by the continuing gun violence, calls on reporters to bring context to the reporting.
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “President Obama, national assignment editor”
Benjamin Mullin, Poynter: “President Obama challenged the media to put gun violence into context”
Corrine Purtill, Quartz: “It’s time to change the way the media covers mass shootings”
More trouble for Tribune
Tribune Publishing offered buy outs to all employees with a minimum one year of service. Company officials outlined details of the offer Monday -- the same day the front page of the Los Angeles Times bore a large-scale ad for American Airlines on its front page. According to some reports, some LAT veterans saw that as a message from management that business practices would be changing, if they like it or not.
Joe Pompeo, POLITICO: “CEO Jack Griffin announces Tribune buyouts amid turmoil at the company”
Ken Doctor, POLITICO: “Behind the scenes of the L.A. Times buyout drive”
Ravi Somaiya, New York Times: “Tribune Publishing announces staff reduction”
Dylan Byers, CNN Money: “Los Angeles Times newsroom cuts begin this week”
Kevin Roderick, LA Observed: “Buyout offer now official at LA Times”
Clinton's date(s) with NBC
Hillary Clinton appeared on both "Saturday Night Live" and the "Today Show" this week -- showing both her comedic side during the cameo and her fierce, frustrated side when questioned about her emails and Beghazi.
Monica Alba & Jillian Sederholm, NBC News: “Hillary Clinton tends bar, impersonates Trump in ‘SNL’ cameo”
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “’Today’ show’s Savannah Guthrie’s strange e-mail question for Hillary Clinton”
Hadas Gold, Politico: “Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, will appear on ‘SNL’ season premiere”
Amy Chozick, New York Times: “Live from New York: Hillary Clinton to appear on ‘Saturday Night Live’”