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 (@Carrie Melago)1440643246.0
@NYDailyNews garbage front page. Simply garbage.— Ben Kesling (@Ben Kesling)1440643547.0
@NYDailyNews zero respect for the families involved. not even sure the post would do this.— justin block* (@justin block*)1440642299.0
.@NYDailyNews what a gratuitous, senseless front page. Stop your presses now.— Mike Valerio (@Mike Valerio)1440643538.0
Awful @NYDailyNews— Katie Nordeen (@Katie Nordeen)1440648065.0
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 (@Victor Black)1440644315.0
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:
"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:
Thoughts and prayers with our colleagues in Virginia. #WeStandWithWDBJ http://t.co/2iAZNqP80f— ksprweather (@ksprweather)1440647317.0
We are ALL one news family. @WLTX STANDS WITH #WDBJ #WeStandWithWDBJ http://t.co/nUAFVSFw2B— News 19 WLTX (@News 19 WLTX)1440647287.0
#WeStandWithWDBJ. Proud & not afraid to be a journalist today. From, your journo family in #SanDiego @AlejandreNBCsd http://t.co/gAzZXNeWCJ— Candice Nguyen (@Candice Nguyen)1440641287.0
Photog Mark and I proud & not afraid to be a journalist today. #westandwithwdbj http://t.co/QCNuwRfRTB— Ben Winslow (@Ben Winslow)1440630927.0