The Batman Shooting: From Inside the Newsroom

Right now I’m writing this off and on, as calls and emails constantly pour in about this shooting that took place during the night. I’m not addressing the tragedy of the event, because we can all agree how terrible and horrific it truly was and continues to be. But I will address how it is being in the newsroom while this is happening. This post is mostly for my sanity, because this is absolutely surreal.

I woke up to news alerts from CNN on my phone about the shooting, literally the first thing I saw this morning. Then I got into work and went straight into doing stuff. I started transcribing interviews from eye-witnesses: the people who were there in the theater and had to crawl their way out to safety, despite being wounded. The words I typed chilled me. It was insane.

Seeing this information pour in on a loop is definitely depressing. This is my first tragic breaking news experience in the newsroom, and safe to say that nothing can really prepare you for it. My heart goes out to the victims and to the families of the victims.

I think another reason I’m so shaken up is because I was at a midnight premiere of the Dark Knight, in a city much bigger and busier than Aurora. He could have chosen to kill in New York, but thank God he didn’t. It’s just a lot to deal with and work through at the same time.

I’ve heard people talk about the human side of feeling sad and sorry. But, then having to mask it with the work side, to get the news and information out to the people. I’m trying my hardest to do both, but mostly to suppress the feelings of the human side.

People are trying to coordinate flights here and there to get more information, get correspondents on location. Everyting related to a normal schedule is thrown out of the window, it’s all about Colorado right now.

This is hard.

You can follow me for updates: @CourtneyLBranch or jus stay tuned to my facebook page: www.facebook.com/courtney.lenise and www.cbsnews.com

I’ll update as I can.

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4 Comments

  1. Be encouraged, Courtney! In all things, PRAY,even as you are typing those transcripts running errands and listening to everyone around you talk about how horrific this incident is. I am praying for you sweetheart 🙂

  2. That’s why it is important and God’s will to have Holy Ghost filled employee’s like yourself in place for such a time as this. To know that you are there praying is worth it all. Courtney, warrior on call. Love you and praying.

  3. Wow! That is a lot to take in. It is definitely not an easy thing to do, and is easier said than done when it comes to separating your own emotions from the task that is at hand. But just pray that God would give you the strength and focus you need to do your job successfully, despite the terrible things that will probably be going on. You’re a strong woman so I know this is something you will be able to handle.

  4. i know its tough working in the newsroom, especially on a day like that. Just keep your head up. On the bright side, it is good training, but the next time your day’s schedule gets thrown out of wack hopefully the biggest story wont be as horrific


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