Reporting Bad News: Negotiating the Boundaries between Intrusion and Fair Representation

Sallyanne Duncan, Jackie Newton

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This book examines the ethical dilemmas, professional expectations and cultural influences involved in the reporting of death, tragedy and bereavement of ordinary citizens. It advances a new model of ethical co-operation between the journalist and interviewee – one of context, consent and control – as a means of effecting more responsible reporting of the bereaved. This book will fill a gap in the market as there is currently no text which analyses journalists' reporting of death affecting ordinary citizens or the bereaved's participation in the journalistic process.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPeter Lang AG
Number of pages223
ISBN (Print)978-1-4331-2563-8
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2017


  • journalism
  • new reporting
  • journalistic practice
  • death knock
  • death reporting
  • bereaved
  • media ethics
  • ethical participation
  • sensitive interviewing
  • narratives


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