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Tom Teves and his wife were vacationing in Hawaii when they learned that their son Alex had been shot in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting in July 2012. Their 24-year-old son was one of 12 people killed that day. “When you go through something like this, you have two choices: Either you never get out of bed again because it’s just too awful, or you get driven to change it, and you never sleep again,” Teves said. “Normal life never happens again.”

Teves and his wife, Caren, chose to do something about it. They created the No Notoriety campaign to urge the news media to change how they cover mass killings.
Teves spoke Friday as part of a two-day trauma journalism training conference for educators at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. The conference was designed to help journalism educators prepare course components for covering trauma.

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