Media handling of video of beheading of journalist Steven J. Sotloff

ConveyKevin Convey

Kevin Convey, chair of the journalism department, is available to discuss the issues the media will face in deciding what to do with the video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven J. Sotloff.

"To some small degree, this second beheading will ratchet up pressure on some outlets to link to the video because now it looks like a persistent phenomenon," said Convey, a former editor-in-chief of The Daily News. "For most, though, (Twitter and Youtube notably), they've already thought out their policies and are probably not going to change them. This will however give conflict reporters second and third thoughts about their safety and may result in changes in their procedures."

Last month, Convey discussed the issue with PBS, CNN's "Reliable Sources" and USA Today following the beheading of James Foley.

To schedule an interview with Convey, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449.

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