Politics 21 July 2012 How the media shouldn't cover a mass murder A look at the "Batman killer" front pages. Sign up for our weekly email * 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. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles The public like radical policies, but they aren't so keen on radical politicians Theresa May dodges difficult questions about social care and NHS in Andrew Neil interview Why is Labour surging in Wales?