Although this meant that my own life would not be turned upside down as no one I personally knew was hurt, it was still a horrific tragedy which shook me.
As the details emerged minute by minute, more and more devastation emerged. While this was all horrifically painful, the New York Times decided to publish a story which added to the pain by being insensitive and badly written.
Originally published on Facebook June 17 2015
“The article in the New York times was presumably supposed to be about the Berkeley tragedy. But it instead, was a disgrace.
Instead of focusing on information of the tragedy that it was, the lives lost and the details of the accident, they chose to focus on how destructive the J1 students have been in recent years, something that is completely separate. But the writers chose to build their article around this. They got accounts from past J1 students about how great their own experiences were, which is incredibly insensitive considering all the students involved in this accident will not be able to do the same.
Journalism like this use to make me want to honestly drop out of my course, but now, it encourages me to become a professional in the media to help change the negative attitude people have towards journalists (and often, rightly so!) and to contribute to informing and educating people on the world around them.
This tragedy has made people upset and angry as it is, there was no need for the New York Times to further this. My heart is with the family and students involved and although I am not religious I pray that family and friends find the strength they need.”
The events that took place on the 17th of June with always be with me, I can only imagine the pain that those personally affected will live with forever. It is hoped that the support from the nation will be of some, if even minuscule, comfort.