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Updated: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 06:58:45 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

How the media cover disasters



A horrific crash between an Ottawa transit bus and a Via passenger train has left six people dead, dozens injured. (© Chris Wattie/Reuters)

A horrific crash between an Ottawa transit bus and a Via passenger train has left six people dead, dozens injured. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

When disaster hits, reporters head straight for the people most affected: survivors, victims and their families. In Ottawa, this happened two weeks ago when a transit bus crashed with a Via passenger train, killing six people and injuring dozens more.

The deadly crash made headlines and prompted questions on a number of issues, from rail safety to how the health of bus drivers is managed.

But it also raised questions in the community about how the media gather the news and how sensitive issues, like the death of a loved one, are handled.

Ontario Today will be hosting a call-in show on how the media handle disaster coverage from Noon to 1 p.m. ET on Wed. Oct. 2, and afterwards, we'll continue the conversation here with a live chat. Our guests will be:

- David Studer, CBC's director of journalistic standards.

- Robert Russo, managing editor of CBC News's Parliamentary bureau.

- Paula Waddell, executive producer, local news Ottawa.

- Ruth Zowdu, executive producer, radio current affairs Ottawa.

Join us at 1 p.m. ET.

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