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Tweeting the Tori Stafford trial

It was probably the most disturbing day of testimony heard in a Canadian court since evidence was presented in the Russell Williams case.

So how did reporters handle the job of tweeting the evidence in the first-degree murder trial of Michael Rafferty in connection with the death of Woodstock, Ont. girl Tori Stafford?

I looked at some tweets via Storify:

Wed, March 14 2012 » Main Page, Media

2 Responses

  1. Sarah March 14 2012 @ 9:18 am

    I don’t know that there is an answer to your question there, Bill.

    Can any of these pieces be “the most sensitive,” given the circumstances of the case?

    How do we measure sensitivity: Who didn’t bombard Tori’s parents pre- and post-court yesterday? Who left out certain details? Who made the story more about Tory than McClintic?

  2. Bill D March 14 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    Hi Sarah:

    Unfortunately, it’s all relative.

    With respects to questioning the parents as they entered and exited court, Rodney Stafford has been quite willing to speak with the media.

    Tara McDonald, Tori’s mom, hasn’t been quoted. She has been filmed entering the courthouse, but only a few seconds of that footage ran in the CTV video story.

    I don’t think merely asking questions of the victim’s parents, if they’re willing to speak, is inherently insensitive. Badgering them if they clearly don’t want to talk is in bad taste.

    I didn’t do screen grabs, but the Toronto Star’s final story online was more toned down in terms of detail than the mid-day version.

    I’m not sure what to say about your last point, but what I read last night seemed to get the balance right.

    Bill D.

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