In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colo., movie massacre, the professional news media are presenting an endless stream of stories about the shooting, suspect, victims, weaponry, and the legal and law enforcement processes. Many of the reports are directly or indirectly related to students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities nationwide. While student media are currently in slowdown or shutdown mode due to summer break— boasting skeleton staffs and reduced publishing schedules — the fall semester should not be considered too late to run stories in some way connected to the horrific event in Colorado. Here are five potentially relevant news angles and spin-off stories student journalists should consider tackling at or near the start of the new school year.
Student staffers at The Rocky Mountain Collegian deserve kudos this weekend for quickly and impressively mobilizing to cover and reflect upon various newsworthy components of the Colorado movie shooting. Along with a basic recounting of the known facts related to the massacre itself, the Colorado State University campus newspaper has posted stories online focused on CSU student reactions, state gun laws, and the legal gauntlet shooter James Holmes will soon face– the latter based on an interview with a law professor.