The Staggers 21 July 2012 How the media shouldn't cover a mass murder A look at the "Batman killer" front pages. Print HTML Every time there's a mass shooting, I remember this piece of footage from Charlie Brooker's BBC series Newswipe. In it, a forensic psychiatrist outlines the guidelines for news reporting of such a tragedy, assuming that your aim is to prevent further ones. He says: If you don't want to propagate more mass murders... Don't start the story with sirens blaring. Don't have photographs of the killer. Don't make this 24/7 coverage. Do everything you can not to make the body count the lead story. Not to make the killer some kind of anti-hero. Do localise this story to the affected community and as boring as possible in every other market. Here are this morning's front pages. Judge for yourself who has done a good job of heeding that advice, and who hasn't. Images courtesy of @hendopolis › What Lords Reform has done to the coalition's poll numbers The Sun goes with a big picture of the man arrested over the killing. Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics. From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles The Fire Brigades Union reaffiliates to Labour - what does it mean? John Gray on the future of the state on the NS Podcast Could Labour lose the Oldham by-election?