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Responsible Journalism: How should the media cover national tragedies?

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In the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon and our coverage, 9 On Your Side turned the magnifying glass on ourselves and asked the tough questions about journalism.

A couple of hours ago, 9 On Your Side's Ryan Peterson sat down with Chuck Twardy, an instructor with the School of Communications at East Carolina.

We wanted to get his thoughts on how the media covers national tragedies like the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the Aurora movie theatre massacre and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Play the attached video to hear his thoughts and be sure to share your's right here on wnct.com or head over to our Facebook page and share them with others.

Our Kristen Hunter also talked with former FBI Special Agent, Nancy Savage. 

Savage supervised the FBI sting operation in Portland, Oregon that thwarted a potential Christmas tree ceremony bombing.

Although false alarms do pull valuable resources away, especially at a time of increased national security, she says it's important for journalists and first responders to take every potential threat seriously.

"You can't discount something that may put someone in harms way, so you know, it's a tough question because one part of giving publicity to it encourages it but you also have the public safety at play," she said.

Savage says in times of crisis, the best thing for media and law enforcement to do is work together to determine how serious the threat actually is and how much the public needs to know.

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