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NBC News president to discuss Virginia Tech massacre

For Immediate Release:

Beth King, Communications Manager, (317) 507-8911

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Steve Capus, president of NBC News, will be part of a discussion Sunday about media coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings. The discussion will take place during the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference.

Capus will talk about his network’s controversial decision to air an exclusive video it received from the shooter shortly after the extent of the massacre was known.

The panel also will include Washington Post reporter Ian Shapira, who covered the shootings for his paper; and Amie Steele, editor of the Collegiate Times, Virginia Tech’s campus newspaper, which provided the first early accounts of the shootings.

The program will be held at the Hyatt Regency hotel on Capitol Hill at 10:40 a.m. in the Columbia B room.

For a media credential, please contact Beth King, SPJ Communications Manager, at (317) 507-8911.

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