The Staggers 21 July 2012 How the media shouldn't cover a mass murder A look at the "Batman killer" front pages. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 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 a former deputy editor of the New Statesman, who is now a staff writer on the Atlantic. Her history of feminism, Difficult Women, will be published in February 2020. Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!