Julie Drizin, director of the center, said "Covering child deaths is perhaps the most emotionally challenging story a journalist will tell in their careers," reports David Ottalini for the center. Drizin said reporters need to do a better job writing stories that are “ethical, balanced, compassionate and caring.”
The module covers areas such as interviewing a child witness or grieving families, writing a child's obituary, determining what photographs are appropriate to use, how close a reporter should get to the families they're covering, and how to cover cases involving juvenile deaths, Ottalini reports. There are also many examples of what not to do. The module can be viewed here.