Deconstructing Virginia Tech
2007 SPJ Convention, Washington, D.C.


Mass shootings at Virginia Tech University in April, like so many other sudden cases of calamity or death, attracted blanket media coverage. We tried, on deadline, to answer questions about the case in our coverage. But we mustn't forget, after the fact, to examine ethical questions about the coverage. Were we sensitive? Did we rush to judgment? Is it wise to air a shooter's manifesto when a community's pain is so raw? Join us as we review the media's performance in a discussion that will help you sharpen your own ethical thought process.

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