"I think the crew handled it with the utmost professionalism and tried to relay pertinent information to viewers," said Jennifer Dahl, KUTV's director of news and operations. "We certainly feel for the family and for the police officers involved in last night's incident, but we also have a job to do and that's to inform the public about what's going on in our community."
This particular bomb threat had stopped TRAX trains from running through downtown, so it was indeed news.
And KUTV showed proper restraint. The station could have shown video of police shooting the suspect; it chose not to.
Good call. Right call.
Certainly, no one at KUTV planned to be in the middle of a news story. But, in this case, it was out of their control.
"This morning we had a discussion that you have to cover it and not become it," Dahl said Friday morning. "That's a very fine line. It's something that we're having constant conversations about today."
It's a conversation worth having for any and all legitimate news organizations. But, again, these were unusual circumstances. The staff at KUTV kept their wits about them, which isn't an easy thing to do.
Critics of the media forget this, but journalists are real people trying to do the best job they can.
"The staff is clearly affected by it," Dahl said. "We were covering the story and processing it at the same time."
And being in the middle of something like that "brings some perspective to the world around us."