Today I made a judgment call. As an editor, I do this a lot. But the decision to not run the extremely graphic photos of the Empire State Building shooter’s lifeless body was among the most important I’ve made this year.

It’s been a tough year in the newsroom, with a seemingly endless stream of violent shootings in very public places. Until today, the most recent was the Aurora, Colo., “Dark Knight” massacre. During these times, the news team has to make dozens of on-the-fly decisions about how we’ll approach a breaking and still-developing story and what is news and what is simply exploitation.

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