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Questions About Hypotheticals and Details in Reporting on Anthrax



To engage reporters in a discussion of coverage of terrorism in general and the anthrax attacks in particular, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania to prepare and distribute more than 5,000 copies of a newsroom discussion guide during summer 2002. The guide was formulated after a closed-door, one-and-one-half-day seminar with reporters, editors, and producers in Washington, DC. Here we note the questions the guide raised including those about reporting on hypotheticals and reporting of details that might aid terrorists.