He has distinctive truck, so cops knew it was him.
People in Moncton think they have an obligation to talk to reporters, or want to appear on the front page of the Transcript.
if people wanted to be anonymous, would you still interview them?
A question about twitter, and how many followers they got, or if Foster had a personal twitter.
Foster doesn't know. They were still early using twitter.
Moncton has a large group of "news chasers."
Foster doesn't have a high opinion of these people, or citizen journalists.
Say they have their uses, but ultimately get in the way.
Other twitter users were disclosing information and therefore getting more followers.
"We had good fortune" it did not seem right to disclose information. The "news chasers" had really bad judgement calls.
How do you feel about how later in the main hunt, when the police were using loud speakers. Police weren't pretending to be anonymous -- and people tweeted that when the police were saying to not give out too much info. What's your thoughts?
"They really weren't trying to be anonymous then eh?"
Quick announcement: we will have to end 10 minutes short.
Question: right after it was after, there was follow up stories for weeks. Did you have to step away, how did it effect you?
How do you deal with people who do not want to talk on camera?
- Sometimes using a cell phone camera helps
He can get a little worked up, when seeing a YouTube video on the event.
Getting emotional doesn't bother Foster. "It makes you feel better."
He was friends with one of the victims, and being a gaunt himself, Foster used to shoot at the gun range with the gun range.
Foster was close to one of the police officers killed. 'It is a shock to see him gone"
The cop helped turn Moncton party central into a quiet neighbourhood. Foster is sad to see him gone.
What do you think about using the shooters name?
He has no problem with it -- unless it's used for no reason or inappropriately.
He wants his name to last 100 years -- he wants him to be a model for how mental health is not being treated, especially in New Brunswick where "everyone cares about the dollar."
"I hope we never forget his name to use as an example for the things that could go wrong if mental heath issues are not carefully treated"
Media contact with police question.
Once the police knew the situation would last a while, they sent in media officers.
One has never come back to the job after seeing three of his friends die.
Calls came in from all over the world, the media officers didn't know really what to do. Moncton doesn't get this attention.
Police officers used social media to inform people
They sent out press releases, twitter updates. Foster says they did a good job, and like everyone in the beginning, they were overwhelmed.
Any advice for editors back on the desk to help reporters in the field? Other than just shutting up.
Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the reporters in the field.
If Foster doesn't answer his phone, his boss knows he's doing something.
Use phrases like "Answer me when you can" or "when you have a minute." It does wonders. "Call me right now," doesn't work if you're trying to spend time getting the story. small updates can wait.
Foster will add points now.
As a gun user, Foster says look up the definition of an assault rifle. Not every gun is an assault rifle.
The term attracts viewers, readers, but it doesn't help the situation. It inflame it.
He has been using guns for forty years and doesn't know what an assault rifle is. "There must be a definition out there."
Assault riffle is a name given to any type of gun used to shoot. It sensationalizes the story. Foster is against this.
Be prepared, and keep water, change of clothes, footwear, food and a cellphone charger in your car just in case. It will keep you out in the field.
Foster says if you can find a fellow reporter to partner up and not scoop each other, it helps.
He had a partner, and they flipped a coin: who would go to bed, and who would stay up and call the other if something was going on.
Simple, basic handy things are important. Get co-workers cellphone numbers, for example. You won't think of it until it happens and then you find your gaps.
If you have to pee, and there are no washrooms around and people all around, you just go pee says Foster. Open the door and check your cellphone, and pee.
I don't want to see something like this ever again... if it does be prepared"
People in Moncton, the widows, don't go by that term. They live their life.
And we are done! Thanks for everyone for tuning in!