It’s hard to open a newspaper or turn on the news today without hearing about violent crime and the tragic consequences. Young people in our communities often become headlines to sell papers and TV ads with little attention to their lives and the families, friends and communities they’ve left behind. With a thinning workforce of reporters, we know how difficult it can be to cover murder in low-income communities with the compassion, dignity and attention they deserve. But we also know how critical it is to do it right.

When facts are missed or people are misrepresented, families, neighbors and community spend time and energy needed to grieve and move forward instead fighting to preserve the memories of their loved ones and restore their reputations. And when irrelevant information like addresses and hospitals are reported, innocent lives are put at risk. At Press Pass TV, we believe in the unlimited power of media to awaken individuals, create dialogue across race, religious and ethnic lines and empower communities to shape their own destiny. The Respect in Reporting campaign is an opportunity for news outlets to partner with communities to shape a more just and equitable future for all of the neighborhoods that they serve.