Collegiate Times Posts Documents Related to Campus Shooting

In a move  reminiscent of professional newspapers’ handling of the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, and The Starr Report, The Collegiate Times at Virginia Tech has posted online roughly 750 pages of what it is calling the “April 16 Documents” and what The Roanoke Times has labeled “shooting papers.”  Read Bryan Murley’s related post, including his mention of the program the newspaper used to do it.

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April 16 Documents

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The e-mails, memos, and other docs cover many related thoughts, reactions, and plans of action at the university before and after the campus shootings on April 16, 2007- everything from correspondence that mentions faculty concerns about the student shooter to docs “detail[ing] techniques and approaches to dealing with the image of a mass shooting on campus” by University Relations.

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The newspaper’s posting of the documents late last week came one day after they were made available to families of the victims by the university through a “password-protected electronic archive.”  According to the Roanoke Times story, “Tech spokesman Larry Hincker said it appeared that one of the victims or family members gave their password to the Collegiate Times. [The paper’s EIC] would not say how the paper obtained access to the archive.”

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The most journalistically impressive part of the paper’s effort: The Collegiate Times had already stopped publishing for the term and is not due to start up again until January 20, 2009.

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