Virginia Tech Coverage

9 years 5 months 1 week ago April 22, 2007 Apr 22, 2007 Sunday, April 22 2007 Sunday, April 22, 2007 10:51:16 PM CDT in News
This email came from Steven about a story we ran on KOMU looking at the safety of the MU campus. "Your question, "Do you think mid-Missouri campuses are safe?" That's kind of a loaded question. Of course they're safe. You see campus police all over the place, crime seems to be generally down and it seems to be a clean environment. "

And this comment came from Bret on our decision to run local news on the day of the Virginia Tech shooting.  "How are you guys not sticking with NBC News for the full hour on April 17. That is ridiculous. Brian William's news coverage is so much better than KOMU. This is ridiculous."

"We consider ourselves to be a partner with NBC Nightly News and we did think about how to address the situation," said KOMU Executive Producer Holly Edgell. "Ultimately, we decided to go back to our news at six o'clock because we felt ultimately the community, our audience here locally in mid-Missouri would want to find out what was going on here...the responses here. The campus, the community, and how people were feeling about the incident."

And this comment came from Gary. "What is wrong with NBC. I just saw NBC News showing home videos made by the Virginia Tech killer. You should have not shown one single image from this madman's diatribe. You are just giving him the attention he desired. If you cannot understand how wrong it was for NBC to show these videos...you care more about getting a scoop, than being kind to your fellow humans."

Earlier this week NBC News limited usage of that video to 10% of its air time and issued this statement from NBC News President Steve Capus.

"We believe it provides some answers to the critical question, why did this man carry out these awful murders? The decision to run this video was reached by virtually every news organization in the world"

"I can't speak for the exact decision making process at NBC Nightly News but I do know they did the right thing by first handing it over to the federal authorities and making sure that they got all the original material. I can also be certain that NBC had a spirited debate at NBC over how to handle Cho Seung Hui's incoherent ramblings and ravings and NBC said it uses a preponderance of caution in deciding what to air and how to use it. But I think they did the right thing in that it came down to the public's right to know. The question on everyone's mind right now is why," said Missouri School of Journalism professor Greeley Kyle.

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