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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Duke Case: Digging into the Mess


Duke Discussions About Media Coverage of Lacrosse Case

Panels composed of national and local journalists and Duke faculty examined media coverage of the Duke lacrosse case on Friday, October 20th:

The Duke lacrosse panel, Part 3, by Jon Ham

OK, I’ve been to dinner and will use this post to empty my notebook from today’s panel on the Duke lacrosse rape allegations.

The early part of the session was spent discussing how a local crime story morphed into a national sensation. Everyone agreed that the “perfect storm” of race, gender and class came together to […]

The Duke lacrosse panel, Part 2, by Jon Ham

Panel moderator Frank Stasio asked the journalists on the panel if there was anything they regretted about the way their organizations handled the Duke lacrosse story.

The N&O’s John Drescher said, “Sure there are some things I’d do differently,” and then added, “I think overall our coverage is good. I’m proud of it.” He did […]

The Duke lacrosse panel, Part 1, by Jon Ham

It was inevitable, I guess, that the panel today at Duke Law School about the Duke lacrosse rape allegations would get around to discussing bloggers. Kudos to former Duke basketball star Jay Bilas of ESPN for bringing up the dreaded word about 20 minutes into the festivities. After several journalists had described their approach to […]

Seyward Darby, who was editor of the Duke Chronicle when the story broke last spring, didn’t mince words. “I’m going to be honest. I hate blogging.


Later: "Locomotive Breath" post #254 at FreeRepublic gives his take on the panel discussions-
Room was full. Here are some things in random order---

Drescher opened his comments by noting that "the N&O broke the story first" (I think it was the Chronicle actually but Darby didn't call him on it)...

Darby recalled fielding phone calls from NYT asking what was going on (normally the reverse is true)...

Ashley remarked that H-S was embarrassed by getting scooped by N&O and that was trying to play catchup. Mentioned competition between news outlets. Implication was that had driven story quickly and in the wrong direction...
triangle.johnlocke.org [John Ham]
It's Time for Justice: Drop the charges [FreeRepublic.com]

Media coverage of Duke discussions:
Journalists Discuss Media's Coverage Of Duke Lacrosse Rape Case - with video [wral.com, Oct. 21, 2006]
Lacrosse case news examined
[N&O, Oct. 21, 2006]

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