Assignment 4 – Teen Depression Case Study

Teen Depression
From RTNDF: Newsroom Ethics (Fourth Edition)

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-19-year-olds.  The issue is not often covered.   KSTP-TV reporter Lynsey Paulo decided to cover the issue and found a high school-based program for teens who had either considered or attempted suicide.  Several teens were willing to talk so Lynsey had a number of things to consider.  How much should she divulge about the teens?  Would putting them on the air set them up for ridicule or isolation and potentially cause them psychological harm?  Was there  a way to tell the story without identifying the victims?

After viewing the video in its entirety, use your decision memo guide to set up the problem, offer a solution, identify the dilemma, weight the alternatives and cite an ethical rationale in justifying your decision.

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