I've been watching the trickle-out of Pike River audio and the leaked photo (latest here) over the past few days with a sense of disquiet, and it's really got me thinking about what constitutes 'news' these days.
Just how is it in anybody's interest (beyond the news organisation's ratings) to even talk about publishing these sorts of things? How is there any justification at all - beyond salaciousness and voyeurism?
We've moved a long way, in a very short time, in the age of citizen journalism - but just because more material exists and is accessible than ever before, doesn't make publishing it the right thing to do. If anything, the Wild, Wild West nature of the social news environment means we need standards and more responsible journalism, than ever before.
I hope, that no matter what the families say, TVNZ will have the good taste and maturity to just walk away.