Panel discussion focuses on Amish schoolhouse shootings

October 05, 2007

There have been many tragic crime stories in Pennsylvania during the past few years, but the shooting of 10 young Amish girls in a one-room schoolhouse in Lancaster County last October sticks out as one of the worst. Not surprisingly, it drew worldwide attention.

For its coverage, the Lancaster New Era was honored with three national awards, including the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers, which recognized the newspaper for its sensitivity in respecting the Amish culture and religion while still reporting the story. The New Era's coverage beat out stories by The New York Times and the Cleveland Plain Dealer for the award.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium, the College of Communications will host a panel discussion about the New Era's coverage of the Amish schoolhouse shootings.

The participants will be three of the principal reporters on the story, all of whom are Penn Staters -- Janet Kelley, Cindy Stauffer and Tom Murse -- as well as the editor who directed the coverage, Pete Mekeel. Senior lecturer Russ Eshleman will moderate the session, which is free to the public.

(Media Contacts)

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