Monday there was a shooting on the University of North Carolina campus. Associate professor Zijie Yan was killed. The shooter, a graduate student at UNC, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
Mainstream media, as usual, covered the story with ample video images. The next day, students at the campus newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, took a different tack. They gathered text messages sent during the shooting and published them yesterday as the paper’s cover.
Kudos to Emmy Martin, the new editor-in-chief of the paper, and her staff.
They showed that great, effective American journalism still exists.