In an article from The Columbia Journalism Review titled, “How Should Journalism Cover Terrorism,” The Tow Center for Digital Journalism and Columbia University have been working together to answer questions surrounding how to report on terrorism in a digital age.
“At a White House summit on combating terrorism, Facebook, Google, and Twitter were key participants,” quotes the article. As these digital platforms are what journalists most rely on to get across their message, they play a crucial role in communicating the facts about mass killings and acts of propaganda and terror. While on social media, reporters can run the risk of both adding to the terrorist’s fear agenda as well as mitigating fear and misunderstanding amongst citizens.
The article suggests using social media to create a robust dialogue around terrorism. This includes communicating with publishers and editors about how to ethically cover terrorist attacks on the internet and through new media outlets.