Penn State Daily Collegian Publishes ‘One Year Later’ Sandusky Scandal Special Section

The Daily Collegian at Penn State University published a special section in today’s issue offering a retrospective about various aspects of the high-profile Sandusky scandal that continues to haunt the school.

The six-page section, titled “One Year Later,” appears on the anniversary of the release of the grand jury presentment that revealed the shockingly graphic charges against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.  It was the day Casey McDermott– the Collegian’s managing editor at the time and now its editor-in-chief– first realized “what a horrific story this would be.”

The section includes McDermott’s personal reflections on covering the case; a by-the-numbers rundown (such as 2: the number of hours it took to take down the Joe Paterno statue in June); an exclusive report by Collegian metro editor Kristin Stoller detailing the impact of the scandal on Sandusky’s State College neighbors; an assessment of current PSU president Rodney Erickson and the school’s board of trustees; and a separate Q&A with Sandusky’s original attorney Joe Amendola.

In a sitdown chat in Chicago this past week during the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention, McDermott told me, “I feel like I’ve grown up a lot in the past year, both personally and professionally, largely as a result of this case. . . . We’ve had to face a lot of adult themes because of this story.  We’ve had to conduct ourselves with a lot more maturity than 20-year-olds are often asked to do. . . . This story, if anything, has reinforced the idea that journalism is as important as ever and good journalism is especially important and there’s a way to do things right.  It showed me the kind of journalist I want to be.”

At the convention, the Collegian earned multiple ACP Pacemaker awards– college media’s highest honor– including best four-year daily student newspaper.

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