The immensity of the tragedy of the Malaysian Airlines flight that was shot down over the Ukraine is still sinking in. New reports only worsen the scene - tales of the AIDS researchers on board on their way to an international conference, or the Dutch couple who owned a floral shop together who were on holiday. In crises like this so many of us are constantly glancing at whatever news sites we prefer - What's the BBC reporting now? What's the latest on the New York Times? Speed is reporting new details is everything, even when the facts on the ground are still up in the air. This means that there's a lot of interesting ethical work happening in a short amount of time. What's necessary to tell the story? Where do you draw the line between gruesome or descriptive, sensationalism or journalism? As we devour more and more news on this current crisis, these might be questions worth asking.
There is a fine line, always, between journalism and sensationalism. And the higher the speed, in general, the higher the stakes.