Bob Wise had been in the TV news business for decades, but he’d never run up against anything quite like this: In the spring of 2014, two high school students died by suicide only weeks apart, one in public and near a school.
Wise, the vice president/general manager of KOBI TV in Medford, Oregon, knew the long-held journalistic taboos about reporting about suicides. Celebrity suicides — they get coverage. But otherwise, better to treat suicide as a private matter, to protect friends and family, and to eliminate the risk that the stories would lead to other people to take their own lives.
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