The AFSP has a copy of a New York Times Article on their website. The article in question Talks about a senior executive who killed himself. The article treats this executives act of suicide as a beneficial thing, raising suicide awareness in the community. I understand that the AFSP is a bit biased in its opinion but the article does have merit.
The opinions of the AFSP not withstanding, “good coverage” of a suicide should be respectful to both the individuals grieving and the need to serve the greater public good. Not all suicides are newsworthy, but the ones that are affect a far greater number of people than those who are closest to the suicide victim. (I use the term “victim” loosely, but more on that later). The reporter should ask the tough questions such as, why did they kill themselves and did you see it coming.
It is only through group analysis and public participation can we as a community begin to more deeply understand suicide.