Today’s tragedy in Connecticut is not the type of news that makes reporters get out bed and say “Now this is the kind of thing I went to journalism school for!” Yes, we report on it. Yes, we grab screenshots of the “best” (if that superlative is even correct) tweets from the aftermath.
We embed videos of Obama crying, come up with opinion-heavy listicles and try to make some grand thesis about America’s history of violence. But it’s horrible. The murder of children is not something any of us want to dwell on, even as we understand the necessity of doing so. People went to Newtown today with cameras and crews not because they wanted to, but because when this kind of thing happens, someone needs to be on the ground.
And so it’s only fair that after a long day such as this one, we end on a note of–if not exactly positivity–some sort of pick-me-up. Like LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow taking to PBS’s blog to help parents explain gun violence to their own kids. Read More