The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma: Crisis Reporting in the Age of Social Media
Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Christopher Gandin Le in press

Anna Codrea-Rado quotes Emotion Technology's Christopher Gandin Le in her article about the interplay between social media and the high-stakes business of trauma reporting.

Christopher Gandin Le from Emotion Technology, a suicide prevention organization, believes it's important to hold off on information until it's verified for slightly different reasons. "Knowing the method of death and other details can always have the potential for a contagion effect," Le said.

A specialist in online outreach programs for trauma-informed care, Le believes the biggest harm a reporter can do is not in the immediate, but in the time following a trauma. "When the sand bags are gone, that's when people say, what happened to my life," Le said. It is at that point that the information about what to do, where to go and how to seek help is absolutely critical.

Read more at The Dart Center's website.

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