Reporter at Arapahoe: ‘I have to hug every student I interview, I can’t help it’

Among the members of the media reporting via Twitter from the scene of Friday’s shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado, Denver Post reporter Ryan Parker’s tweets stood out. He posted photos, news and on occasion wrote about what it’s like to cover an event like this.



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  • Darrel Andrews

    wouldn’t you agree?

  • Darrel Andrews

    Hey there’s nothing wrong with a good old HUG!

  • canardnoir

    Reporter at Arapahoe: ‘I have to hug every student I interview, I can’t help it’

    Editors in general need to be more careful just “who” they send to horrific events.

    Tragic breaking news can often be a pre-requisite PTSD event, and when the reporter(s) become emotionally involved with the story, that can translate into the “Ann Curry Syndrome” which adds absolutely nothing to the credibility of the media’s reporting. And often sparks early reporting of actions, which are later proven inaccurate.

  • Anthony De Rosa

    You could probably write an entire Poynter article about that based on the fact many think the Twitter TOS allows you to use his photos because you’re embedding tweets rather than just downloading the photo from Twitter and uploading it to another server to host them here.

    We haven’t seen this play out in court but I think anyone using the embed feature would likely be absolved. Ryan gave anyone the right to embed his photos through Twitter by putting them in that context.

  • VinceNW

    As a journalist interested in fair use, could you comment on your creation of this post? Ryan Parker explicitly states that other media do NOT have permission to use his photos without first contacting the Denver Post.
    So did Poynter explicitly seek permission to include those in the above post?