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  • This Weekend: Faith Communities Offering Anniversary Gatherings

    Many faith communities in Newtown are offering services and support for residents this weekend, to mark and honor the first anniversary of 12/14.

    The media is being asked to respect the privacy of those attending any of these services. Many houses of worship have posted signs on their grounds asking all media to stay back while residents, friends, and families gather to remember those who were killed at Sandy Hook School, and to reflect on the past year.

  • Newtown And The Media

    To the Editor:

    Many colleagues in the national and global media have been asking: “What will happen if a reporter has to come to Newtown on Saturday?” My response is simple: be creative, don't procrastinate and you won't have to come on Saturday. But as a journalist, I know that not everything in the news business can be canned ahead of time. While the likes of CNN and NBC can prepare their pieces weeks in advance, there are many outlets, particularly our sympathetic local media, who don't have such luxury.

  • School Demolition Brings The Media Back To Town

    News media arrived in Newtown on Friday, October 25, seeking to cover the demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dickinson Drive.

    At least three satellite video trucks had arrived in town by early afternoon, staffed with crews assigned to the school demolition story.

    However, that assignment was not a simple one because town officials have placed the 12 Dickinson Drive school site strictly off limits for news coverage.

  • Give Them Anonymity, Not Notoriety

    To the Editor:

    Like so many of us, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how we can to help prevent events like what happened in our town on 12/14. The more I think about it, the more I’ve come to believe that these people who perpetrate these acts really want to be known.  They want their names and faces splashed about our TV screens, so that, finally, even in death, they will be noticed. 

  • Suffering From Media Onslaught

    "The story is over. The families are burying their loved ones. Please leave our towns."

    These were the sentiments of State Representative DebraLee Hovey during a Capital memorial service December 19, but they represent the comments of a growing throng of Newtown residents, merchants and officials, as well as a number of survivors who have contacted The Bee in the days since the Sandy Hook School rampage.