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27 August 2015 - Two journalists killed in Virginia

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TV station, community mourn slain journalists
Oren Dorelle (USA Today)
ROANOKE — Red heart-shaped balloons wafted in the wind over an array of flowers, plaques and photographs near the entrance to the WDBJ Television station in honor of Alison Parker and Adam Ward who were shot to death Wednesday morning.
Across the street, by a truck serving barbecue, a handwritten sign said "Donations accepted for the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward at Baum's BBQ, sending love from our families to yours.
Reporters and cameramen mingled with members of the Roanoke community answering questions from reporters from around the world, hugging each other in tears and receiving encouraging words from their viewers.
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Gun Violence

Killings of Journalists Bring Gun Violence to Dark New Level
The Editorial Board (The New York Times)
It is an increasingly horrific fact of life and death in the United States that easily available guns offer troubled Americans the power to act out their grievances in public. This trend, dramatized in recent years by macabre shootings in schools, churches, movie theaters and workplaces, was taken to a dark new level on Wednesday in southwestern Virginia by a disturbed former reporter who chose not only to murder two journalists as they reported live for a television station that had fired him, but also to record and broadcast the crime on social media.
By the numbers, the shooting was routine for this nation — three dead when the gunman finally killed himself hours after walking up and aiming at a TV reporter and her cameraman, as they broadcast a routine live interview to their WDBJ audience. What was distinctive and disturbing about this tragedy was the staging, how he filmed it and how quickly he made sure to alert his social media followers to watch the clip that showed him aiming a pistol point-blank at the two innocents and then shooting them with repeated volleys of gunfire.
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Social Networks

Killer’s ultimate selfie: Roanoke horror becoming the new norm
Joel Achenbach (The Washinton Post)
Rage, narcissism, a gun and social media combined for a particularly excruciating display of horror Wednesday morning. After murdering two former colleagues during a live TV news stand-up, the Roanoke killer uploaded a horrifying message to his Twitter account: “I filmed the shooting see Facebook.”
So now there were two awful videos — the live stand-up filmed by the videographer and the killer’s even more gruesome amateur version apparently taken with his phone.
This instantly took over the news feeds of the world. If you were anywhere near the Internet, you wound up experiencing this crime. You couldn’t escape it. This was an event both intimate and universal, and shared at the speed of light.
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Gun Control

White House renews call for gun control after Virginia TV shooting
Sabrina Siddiqui (The Guardian)
The White House on Wednesday renewed its call for stricter gun controls in the wake of the fatal shooting near Roanoke, Virginia, of two local journalists while they were broadcasting live on air.
Josh Earnest, Barack Obama’s press secretary, reiterated prior statements on the epidemic of gun violence in America as the nation grappled with the latest shooting to shock the country: the killing of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward of CBS affiliate WDBJ7‎.
“This is another example of gun violence that is becoming all too common in communities large and small all across the United States,” Earnest told reporters at his daily press briefing.
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"27 August 2015 - Two journalists killed in Virginia", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2015. Consulté le 15/06/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2015/27-august-2015-two-journalists-killed-in-virginia