Maria—the Poynter Institute, a major journalism research center, gives the Yale Daily News a lot of credit for its coverage of the Annie Le murder. It seems like the YDN really has been doing a great job of keeping the Yale community informed. (I’m speaking as a professor of journalism, a longtime journalist, and, long ago, a marginal Yale Daily News staffer.) I’ve seen the U. of Delaware student paper, The Review, rise to the occasion when there are really big stories, though thankfully nothing as terrible as this. Much of the coverage is online, but when there’s something major, it seems that students really want something on paper—so they can point it out to friends, take it home, simply hold it in their hands. Situations like this make the obituaries for print journalism seem just a bit premature.
I was wondering how the coverage seemed to you, and in general what the mood is after a terrible event like this has taken place. Are there reporters all over campus? I was up in New York yesterday and was struck by the big play this story got on the front page of the tabloids. I guess a grisly murder, plus the Yale connection, adds up to a big story.