Studentsí First Amendment Forum addresses news, ethics, privacy

Monday, October 11, 2004

The mothers of Dru Sjodin and Jacob Wetterling – parents thrown into the national spotlight under tragic circumstances – were at SCSU this spring to discuss media issues raised by the disappearance of their children. The women were keynote speakers for the annual student-sponsored First Amendment Forum.

Patty Wetterling and Linda Walker joined others for a discussion of news, ethics, and privacy. With them were a Rocori High School official and a friend of missing Saint John's University student Josh Guimond.

Journalists who covered the tragedies shared their experiences during the forum, called "Tears & Tragedy: Crisis Journalism – Minnesota Style." They represented the Star Tribune, Brainerd Daily Dispatch, St. Cloud Times, and KMSP-TV. The day concluded with a journalism workshop on covering major crime stories at the local level.

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