Terry was 16 years old and a sophomore at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. In the hours, days, weeks and months that followed she was badgered by the media.
"It was a huge invasion. The first night that I got home our phone was ringing off the hook and reporters were claiming to be classmates so that I would get on the phone and they would start asking me questions," Terry said.
She says the students at Columbine High School and those at Sandy Hook Elementary School share a burden of dealing with the death of friends and classmates. She believes from her experience that what the children in Newtown need right now is support and understanding, not pressure from the media.
"It's like we didn't need one more thing to be dealing with as teenagers," Terry said.
Shaun Schafer, an assistant professor of journalism at Metropolitan State University at Denver, believes the growing pressure by the media stems from the advent of the 24/7 cable news cycle and news websites. He points out that events like Newtown and Columbine have happened throughout our history, but the way they are covered by the media has changed. In the past most of the news coverage came from three television networks on nightly newscast and daily newspapers.
"Now we're in a 24 hour cycle. I have not checked to see if Al Jazeera sent someone to Newtown, but I would not be surprised if they did," Schafer said.
He says the growth in the number of media outlets and 24/7 newscasts are responsible for problems in news coverage.
"It is creating a highly competitive situation where being fast and being first is trumping being right," Schafer explained. "You saw errors that were happening in the coverage on Friday, and how it was kind of corrected on the fly. I don't know that is particularly helpful. I mean it is difficult to say that information is particularly useful to people when it is wrong, and I don't know if that it is particularly helpful as a news source to your credibility long run."
In the early hours of the coverage of the school shooting in Newtown, several news organizations incorrectly identified the shooter and incorrectly reported Nancy Lanza as a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"People get the media that they pay for. If you're going to pay for quick hit coverage and you're going to stomach things being wrong and you are OK with terrorized grade school children being interviewed, it is going to reflect in what you choose to consume," Schafer said.
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