Journalists slam New York Daily News for cover featuring images of reporter’s death
The New York Daily News sparked outrage among fellow journalists on Wednesday night after posting its cover page for Thursday’s edition, heavily featuring still images of the fatal shooting of reporter Alison Parker.
The cover shows images uploaded online by the gunman, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, who also killed cameraman Adam Ward in the attack on Wednesday morning while the two journalists were conducting a live interview with with a third victim, Vicki Gardner. Gardner was shot in the back during the assault. Flanagan later shot and killed himself.
The Daily News’ headline read, “Executed on live TV,” and was first posted at 10:19 p.m. EST on the newspaper’s Twitter feed. The Raw Story has opted not to show the individual picture.
The cover was quickly criticized by journalists from a variety of outlets, as seen below:
@NYDailyNews still time for a replate
— Carrie Melago (@carriemelago) August 27, 2015
@NYDailyNews garbage front page. Simply garbage.
— Ben Kesling (@bkesling) August 27, 2015
@NYDailyNews zero respect for the families involved. not even sure the post would do this.
— Justin Block (@JBlock49) August 27, 2015
.@NYDailyNews what a gratuitous, senseless front page. Stop your presses now.
— Mike Valerio (@MikeNBC12) August 27, 2015
— Katie Nordeen (@KatieNordeen) August 27, 2015
The newspaper’s decision was also criticized by New York Mets pitcher Victor Black:
.@NYDailyNews are we serious putting that on the page? ! Have some class!
— Victor Black (@Vic_Black_2) August 27, 2015
The response to the Daily News cover came after many journalists took up another tag online to show solidarity with Parker and Ward. As CNN reported, the tag #WeStandWithWDBJ, which originated with KVUE-TV producer Vicki Chen, gained traction after she posted a picture of herself with her photographer, as seen below:
— Vicki Chen (@vchen24) August 26, 2015
“I can stand here and be scared, or I can stand here and be a journalist, which is what Alison Parker and Adam Ward did,” Chen told CNN. “In fact, it’s what thousands of journalists do every day: our jobs.”
Other colleagues followed suit, as seen here:
— ksprweather (@ksprweather) August 27, 2015
— News 19 WLTX (@WLTX) August 27, 2015
— Will Kunkel (@KWCHWill) August 27, 2015
— Candice Nguyen (@CandiceNBCSD) August 27, 2015
— Ben Winslow (@BenWinslow) August 26, 2015