When a freshman at a small upstate New York college was brutally beaten and murdered in her dorm room, allegedly by her hockey player boyfriend, student journalists found themselves covering the same story as the national pros.
The campus environment was hostile. Fellow students stole the newspaper when it came out because they didn’t like the cover, and student journalists were called names and harassed.
Panelists will include Cassie Negley, Editor in Chief of The Stylus; Brandon Wood, Managing Editor of The Stylus; Carolyn McMenemon, then news editor of The Stylus; Ian Wheatley, Station Manager of WBSU 89.1 The Point; and Marsha Ducey, faculty adviser to The Stylus and SPJ chapter.
They will talk about how they handled covering the brutal death of one of their own, what they learned, and how they dealt with a subculture of students that appears not to understand and in fact, retaliates against, journalism.