Moment of grief

WXIA reporter Jerry Carnes was invited by the family of a missing Gwinnett County woman to cover a ground search Saturday. Carnes and photographer Stephen Boissy had covered this sort of thing before; rarely are TV crews on hand when such a search actually yields the discovery of a body.

It happened Saturday.  Carnes writes about it here.

An excerpt:

Amy Elk, sister of missing woman

Photographer Stephen Boissy and I were with Nique Leili’s mother when we heard sirens. Two Gwinnett County police officers peeled off toward the commotion. Then mom got a phone call.  

“They found a body,” she screamed out to me. 

Nique Leili’s family had grown so accustomed to our presence by then, they even reached out to us with expressions of confusion and mourning. 

Never once did they wave us away. Instead, after just a few heartbreaking minutes, Stephen and I realized it was time to point the camera elsewhere. Much of what we observed would never make it to a television set.

Carnes’ post explores the complexities of reporters covering news while retaining empathy and discretion.  The latter, especially, is a lost art in an industry that thrives on hype and exclusivity.  Carnes has been around long enough to know to gather what’s necessary and avoid the intrusive.

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Doug Richards is a reporter at WXIA-TV. This is his personal blog. WXIA-TV has nothing whatsoever to do with this blog, under any circumstances, in any form. For anything written herein, Doug accepts sole credit and full blame. Follow him on Twitter: @richardsdoug. All rights reserved. Thanks for visiting.

One thought on “Moment of grief

  1. Art Mehring

    On nothing near the scale of this tragedy I vividly remember a similiar sports moment in 1997 while covering the NCAA national basketball championship in Indianapolis. Following a double OT loss to Arizona I was in the Kentucky locker room with about a half dozen other reporters and videographers. The room was almost empty save for a few players. But one in particular was crying, releasing all that emotion, blaming himself for the loss. We were spread out in a semi-circle around him when we all, without a signal, looked at each other and one of the videographers reached up and shut off his camera light. In turn, so did the others, the print reporters closing their notebooks and the broadcast guys shutting off the recorders to let that young man have his moment in private. It was very moving.
    –Art

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