Recently, a well-liked and fairly well-known Roane Countian committed suicide.
The person was found in her vehicle in the parking lot where she worked.
One area newspaper ran a news story. We simply ran the obituary.
Who was right?
How and when to cover suicide — someone’s last act of desperation — is one of the most debated topics in journalism.
Many news outlets believe it is a private affair. To minimize the pain and suffering to survivors, they simply run an obituary.