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NEWS ANALYSIS: Tragedies show power of media spotlight

12:49 PM, Dec. 10, 2012
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A nurse commits suicide after DJs pull a prank on her. Another woman kills herself after a newspaper features her sexual disorder. A photographer captures the last horrifying image of man just before he is killed by a subway train.

These three recent incidents - completely unrelated or connected by their roots in journalism depending on differing opinions - illustrate how the white-hot heat of the media's spotlight can affect people's lives and drive public debate. For several experts, what and how reporters choose to cover lies at the center of the conversation about media ethics and ...

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