I first heard about the Aurora massacre when I got up Friday, and spent the rest of the day dealing with news coverage. We got through it fairly well, with a strong package in place by the end of the day that explored a number of angles involving the inexplicable attack.
From an editor’s perspective, I was surprised with how smoothly the coverage progressed. And then I thought about that fact. Truth: People are doing this so often that journalists now have a standing template on how to cover massacres. I can’t even begin to describe how terrible that is.