In Light of Tragedies

On Oct. 1, 2015, Oregon's deadliest mass shooting took place in Roseburg, leaving ten dead and about nine hospitalized. Leading up to this tragedy, there had been 294 mass shootings. A mass shooting is defined as an incident where four or more people are shot. As of that point, there had been more mass shootings than days in a year.

That evening I was on my way to a conference in Portland to discuss the relationship between journalists and the community. Little did I know that what I learned would translate into a long-term project that focuses on taking what journalists are doing right and wrong in covering tragic event and learning from that to produce better journalism.

Yesterday, Poynter published an article discussing the project. I am proud to be contributing to this project that continues the conversation on the relationship between journalists and the community in the event of a tragedy. I am honored to be surrounded by motivated faculty and peers who want to go above and beyond with journalism.

Shirley ChanComment