Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Virginia Tech Massacre: News Update

Below I've gathered more recent news releases on the recent tragedy at VPI, both from major news sources and from the university's own website. I want to take this moment not only to again extend our thoughts and prayers to the people of Virginia Tech and Blacksburg and to the families of the victims, but to thank the university, the staff of The Collegiate Times, and the staffs of all the region's professional news organizations for your hard work. You're professionalism and your elegant balance of necessary fact and personal images and words have been a pleasant contrast to some (though by no means all) of the national coverage, the aim of which seems to be merely to squeeze the surviving victims - I personally have stopped watching the national news, for the time being, taking up the internet as the source of my information - because unnecessary repetition and fear-mongering do nothing for my sleep. Regardless, if you any of you have information, stories, thoughts, or images you want to share with the world, please let us know - we're trying to collect whatever we can here, at least for the next several days.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Tragedy in Blacksburg
Collective Site of the Richmond Times-Dispatch,
The News & Advance
, WSLS, and the Bristol Herald Courier

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Bristol Herald Courier
(All coverage, collected)

Collegiate Times

New York Times
The News & Advance
New York Times
Richmond Times-Dispatch
The Roanoke Times
(All coverage, collected)


1 comment:

John L. Kerns said...

Again, good work. This is by far the best rounup I'm finding anywhere on the web. One could just read for hours.

I'd be interested to hear Mike Mason's thoughts two days after this terrible event. How he sees the community coming to grips with the tragedy and settling into the mourning and healing, and what other observations he may have.

This is just a terrible thing. Thoughts and prayers, thoughts and prayers.