Journalists and Broadcasters around the world risk there lives to cover stories and events that matter to their viewers and listeners. In some instances, the lives of those Journalists and Broadcasters are lost, often by brutal regimes, outlaws and terrorists. But, these incidents are only supposed to happen in places like the Middle East, Africa and the odd time in Europe. Not Roanoke, Virginia. Alison and Adam were not supposed perish violently at the hands of a disgruntled T.V. station employee inside the confines of a water park. But it happened. And, I’m sure, it happened on Live T.V. on purpose. This disturbed gunman may have been disgruntled but he wasn’t a dumb. He had obviously been planning this for some time.
As a society, we need to do three things in the aftermath of this tragedy.
1. Let’s not use the Gunman’s name or show any of the footage that was taken during the last moments of these peoples’ lives. That’s what he wanted to have happen. Let’s not give it to him.
2. Please remember that the job of all Broadcasters and Journalists is difficult as it is. When they are in war-torn areas, it could be deadly. When it’s down the street in your neighbourhood, Screaming “FHRITP” or anything for that matter into an unsuspecting reporters microphone is unnerving and disrespectful. Not funny.
3. Show some respect and compassion to your fellow employees. You don’t have to like everyone you work with but you can treat them like a human being while they share your work space. Life throws people some incredible curve balls, and not everyone can keep their ship right side up all the time. With a kind and respectful work place, these types of incidents with disgruntled employees can be greatly reduced.
Let’s all learn something today from this tragedy and not let Adam and Alison’s deaths be completely in vain.