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Oklahoma Voices: Student Journalists Cover Crises on Campus (May 04, 2008)
When tragic events occur on college campuses, reporters from student newspapers are often the first journalists on the scene. Amie Steele was a junior at Virginia Tech and the Editor-in-Chief of the Collegiate Times one year ago, when a fellow student went on a shooting spree that left thirty-two people dead. “We weren’t outsiders looking in like most of the national media,” Steele told The New York Times. “The victims were just like us – they walked past the same buildings, ate in the same dining halls – and there is absolutely no way you can remove yourself from that.”

This week on Oklahoma Voices we listen to a panel discussion with student newspaper editors and advisors from Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, which experienced its own shooting in February. They speak about how they covered the events and what lessons they learned. In addition to Amie Steele, the speakers include Virginia Tech media editorial advisor Kelly Furnas, NIU journalism senior and Northern Sun Editor-in Chief John Puterbaugh and Northern Sun faculty advisor Jim Killam. The forum was recorded last month on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.

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