It's almost impossible to go on social media and not read a zillion opinions or interpretations of the Virginia shooting. Some TV groups canceled all LIVE shots until further notice, others laid out new guidelines. WISH-TV GM Les Vann has added 24/7 security to his station and hired security guards to accompany every LIVE crew.
Regardless of personal opinions or questions over the validity of MMJ crews, there are things that can be done to make a situation safer. It's also important for news managers (you know, the ones that send the crews out but have no idea how far or how ridiculous the situation is from the comfort of the office) to stop and think about what they're expecting news crews to do.
Here's a really thoughtful piece with common sense tips for making conditions a little safer for your news crews courtesy of SurviveTVNewsJobs.com.