In the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, the usually quiet, safe atmosphere of Duquesne University, a Catholic university in Pittsburgh, was shattered by the shootings of five members of the school’s men’s basketball team following an argument that began during a dance at the student union. One of the victims was shot in the head and was not expected to live through the night. The Duquesne Duke, the university’s 4,000-circulation weekly newspaper, worked throughout the night to publish a special edition for the following morning.
On Monday, Oct. 1, the WVU Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism will host a panel discussion recounting the reporting, editing and crisis management of this event. The discussion, to begin at 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair’s Monongahela Room, will include Emily Leone, editor of the Duke; Brian Tierney, managing editor; Kelly Horein, features editor; and Lauren Daley, a former reporter at the paper.
The panel also will address issues of ethics, invasion of privacy and the delicate balance required when covering a campus tragedy. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion.