HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - I cannot quite clearly remember the last time I walked into work and immediately sensed the trappings of a tangible pall; an undeniable shroud of sadness. News of the killings of WDBJ7 morning reporter Alison Parker and her photographer Adam Ward manifested a quiet yet deafeningly perceptible sense of mourning in our newsroom.
As the WHNT News 19 team gathered for our morning editorial meeting, the shooting deaths, captured live on morning television, dominated the conversation.
As we attempted to grasp the sheer horror of what we were seeing develop in real-time over our social media feeds, we knew we would have to engage in some important discussions. How would we accurately yet sensitively handle developments throughout the day? How could we convey our personal sadness for a group of people who without knowing, we intrinsically relate to and empathize with?
As a team we quickly decided to remove from our web post the video of the shooting itself and the still image of the shooter identified as Vester Flanigan. We will not air them in our newscasts in an attempt to cover this story with the utmost sensitivity to our fellow journalists.
What we did want to do in addition to covering the obligatory developments affecting so many of our news brethren across the globe is offer our sincere condolences to the entire team at WDBJ7. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and from our WHNT News 19 family to yours -- we're behind you.