Decoder - Episode 4

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00:00 - 02:41 Covering a Tragedy: Hosts Conal Pierse and Curtis File introduce the case of Tori Stafford's abduction from last summer's news.  Tori's father Rodney Stafford is introduced alongside Randy Richmond, the London Free Press reporter who told the public her story.

02:42 - 5:16 Role of the Media: The story went national and emotions ran high within the family and in the newsroom too. Communication theory expert Doug Mann weighs in on the role of the media as Randy Richmond explains what made the Tori Stafford story so compelling. 

05:28 - 08.30   Start of a story: When Tori Stafford first disappeared, there media didn't pay much attention. But when they started looking into it, the parents weren't talking.

08 :33 -  14:37 Personal press conferences: Daily press conferences at mother Tara McDonald's home kept the story in the news. But it also put the family problems in the spotlight. Randy Richmond and Rodney Stafford explain how rumors started cropping up, and journalism ethics professor Ivor Shapiro discusses the responsibilities of the journalist in these situations.

14:38 - 16:49 Behind the headlines: Randy Richmond talks about the danger of losing the heart of the story in the peripheral details, while Rodney Stafford explains how the media attention motivated him to help others.

16:50 - 18:26 The tragic climax: Rodney Stafford talks about the difficult times when charges were being laid, and when his daughter's body was found.

18:40  - 24:36 The aftermath: Randy Richmond has trouble letting go and Rodney Stafford will always be remembered by his daughter's story. In the end, covering the Tori Stafford story taught Richmond the value of family.

Songs Used: Leaving by Chiller Stadt; Sad Movie by David Syr; Lewie's Song by Ixi Blossom

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