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Reporting suicides (Florida Web cam story)

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by WaylonJennings, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. I'm sure we've had this discussion here before, but this new story probably merits a revisitation.

    OK, apparently, a 19-year-old Florida kid killed himself on a Web cam yesterday after threatening to do so in an Internet bodybuilding forum.

    Fox News has a story online, along with several international publications:


    Not a peep, however, from the Sun-Sentinel, the Miami Herald, etc., etc.

    As this seems to be the real deal and not a hoax ... how would you handle it?
  2. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    Much longer story here...


    This is absolutely horrible.
  3. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    This is going to start a new trend.
    Where's Kevorkian when you need him?
  4. Notepad

    Notepad Member

    This thread is useless without pictures video.
  5. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Really? Don't be an asshole.
    Time and place.
  6. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Suicides in themselves are not newsworthy. They are only newsworthy when there is another factor involved -- either the person committing the act or the method thereof. This clearly falls into the latter category and absolutely should be covered.
  7. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member


  8. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Or if it was a person of prominence.
  9. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Which would be "the person committing the act."
  10. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    The Doc.
    That sick fuck was taking people to the great beyond and leaving them in droves back in the day.
  11. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    In a way you're correct because suicide is against the law.
  12. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

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