In the UK, knife crime continues to be a widespread problem. 218 murders with sharp instruments were recorded last year, according to the UK Government data, and these stories are often covered in the press.
For the people who are left behind to come to terms with their loss, it feels like their world has been turned upside down. The last thing they need is a microphone under their nose. But many still speak to journalists, some against their wishes, while still trying to process grief and shock.
In this week's podcast, we speak to Tamara Cherry, a Canadian crime reporter for some 15 years, turned trauma consultant and the author of The Trauma Beat: A Case for Rethinking the Business of Bad News.
Tune in for tips on interviewing sources who have experienced deep trauma, like the grieving families who have lost loved ones to homicide. Rather than contributing to their trauma, speak to them when they are ready and able to get the best version of their story.
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