If you are like me and my family, then you have been watching the NCAA basketball final four tonight. Everything was going fine in the first half (if you do not like Duke), until Kevin Ware jumped for the ball. If you’ve seen the footage already, then you know what happened. If you haven’t I won’t go into graphic detail, but just know that he won’t be playing basketball for the next year.
In our ever changing world, news happens in just a matter of seconds. And when something out of the ordinary happens on live television, there is absolutely nothing that will stop the cameras from catching it. In the case of Kevin Ware’s injury, however, how far is going to far for the media?
You hear stories all the time about paparazzi annoying celebrities who are just walking around town. But then, you have these breaking news stories that are happening as the world is watching and the media just happens to be there. It is all too easy for the media to run over to a celebrity or an athlete and start snapping away or asking questions. But then this gets in the way of either people living their lives, or in Kevin’s case, the paramedics.
I completely understand that people need to be informed of what is going on around them. It is just when the news crews get too close for comfort in some situations, and interfere with what is going on. That is where a boundary for the media needs to be set, and possibly even who they can talk to.
As soon-to-be journalists, we need to seriously consider how to approach these types of situations. In this field, there is no way you can sit and wait for the sources to come to you, but you also need to know how to handle these situations. Even as normal citizens, breaking news stories are not easily dealt with. Knowing just how far you can go with a story, however, will save you quite a bit of time, and your sources will thank you too.