SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you look up the hashtag ‘We Stand With WDBJ’ on Twitter, or other social media sites, you’ll see photos and messages from newsrooms and journalists thousands of miles from Virginia.
Alison Parker and Adam Ward weren’t reporting at a crime scene or in a combat zone when they were killed. They were in a safe place compared to other assignments, but had no control over the shocking, violent attack of a former colleague.
22News spoke with former 22News anchor Brenda Garton, who now teaches communication and journalism students at Western New England University, about how this tragedy would influence conversation in the classroom this year.
Brenda said, “It’s a new world. A new age we live in. That no matter if you’re a student of journalism or a student of the world, you need to be aware of the unfortunate and barbaric acts that are happening.”
She pointed out that we’ve seen terrible attacks in the most unsuspecting place, schools and movie theaters. Everyone in every job has to be more aware of their surroundings. She said they’d also talk about how information, and even brutal killings, can go viral instantly on social media.