Student Reporter—Northern Star


News spread about the shooting at Cole Hall within minutes. Confused whispers filtered into classrooms and dormitories about 3:10 pm The whispers became louder and more insistent inside my public relations class in DuSable Hall with John Puterbaugh, the school newspaper’s editor-in-chief. We knew something terrible had happened at Cole, but not what. Many of us worked for the Northern Star, so when we left class, we went looking for the story. We were being pulled in a lot of different directions emotionally and professionally. On one hand, we were student journalists trying to do our job of covering the story. But on the other, we were part of the story and we were being interviewed by other media about covering the story. And another part of it was we were students and colleagues of people lost in the tragedy. So it was tough to figure out at times what role to play.