Tina House, our moderator begins by explaining this issue is very personal to her, her cousin went missing and at the time @APTNNews was looking for pitches of people who have been through having a loved one go missing or be murdered. They allowed her the opportunity and during the time of filming, they found her body.
Media quick to label our women, makes it easier to dismiss our missing women and girls, says Williams. "Take the time to get the stories right."
Williams says moderator Tina House is one exception to the rule. She calls back to make sure things are right, often interviewers never call back after the interview she says.
Stop using mugshots or Pickton's photo when you're reporting on a story about #MMIW. Williams says it's like a "stab in the heart" when she sees that. These women have families, they don't want to see these photos, it sticks with them forever she says.
Find respectful ways to make it a story, these are human beings, says Williams.
Q: What can we do as jounralists to cover this issue of #MMIW more effectively?
Laboucan-Massimo says it's important to focus on these women as humans, and not the tragedy of the death, it can be traumatizing to the families. #CAJ16mmiw
Laurie Odjick says families suffer, its trauma, and a lot of damage is done by the media because of the labels you put on someone. She said it affects how many people care, or look. Says she's been waiting for seven years, believes her child is not a runway.
A lot of these cases are sprinkled with racism, says Laboucan-Massimo. There are a lot of complexities and nuances to #MMIW
Opened up to audience Qs, first one: What do we do when official sources like the RCMP tell us the status of a case, and they view a girl as a runaway? Odjick: You have to ask the families.
@migwan03 says the message to families of the missing women is that if they want the story told right, they need to talk to the media. She suggests if it's too soon, take the journalist's card, say you'll call them back when you're ready. #MMIW #CAJ16mmiw
Nearing the end of this discussion, as journalists we also have a responsibility to hold police to account, and make sure they are investigating properly, says House.
We put our hearts on our sleeves when speaking to reporters about the most traumatizing moments in our lives, doing an interview drains you emotionally says Lorelei Williams.
Have an open mind, there are real stories, real people and they are more important than PM @JustinTrudeau bumping someone with his elbow, says Lorelei Williams #CAJ16mmiw
Okay, that concludes that very interesting, tought but important conversation. Thanks for following along! #CAJ16mmiw