Death knock

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In journalism, the term death knock refers to the practice of journalists contacting people with a close relationship to a deceased individual, in an attempt to garner their thoughts and feelings regarding the death, and also gather other information.[1]

The practice of death knocks, is often considered to be a negative aspect of journalism, but the exposure it brings has also been shown to sometimes be a comfort to bereaved individuals.[2]

In the United Kingdom, the Independent Press Standards Organisation has laid down guidelines relating to how death knocks are carried out.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Inside the world of the 'death knock'".
  2. ^ "Why 'death knocks' are a difficult but essential part of the job for journalists – Page 5 – Press Gazette".