Reflections on the Coverage of the Sandy Hook Shootings

April 24, 2013

On Dec. 14, 2012, the worst mass shooting of young children in United States history took place at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn. A 20-year-old town resident killed 20 first-graders (most were just 6 years old) along with six administrators and teachers in the elementary school. Including the shooter and his mother, whom he shot to death beforehand, 28 people died that day.

PRSA member Michael Cech is a former journalist whose coverage area included Sandy Hook.

He’s also in the process of writing a book about the changes in the news business during the past 35 years and what they mean to society. His wife, Yvonne, is the library media specialist at the school and was in the building during the tragic event.

In this article, Cech shares his experiences from that day as well as his perceptions of the media’s Sandy Hook coverage.

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