The game plan was to tweet out any updates as soon as they got it confirmed with officials because students rely on social media to get the information that they need, she said. The Lantern also added live updates to an online story published on the website.
“It was basically OK, I’m safe, now how do I get to the area where this is happening, how do I cover what’s going on and get to everyone who was on the scene,” said Cartwright, a junior at OSU studying journalism.
The advantage student reporters have over bigger news outlets is the social network of people on campus. Within minutes student reporters were talking to witnesses of the attack and getting an influx of student voices from people who were there.
Meanwhile, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which 11 people were injured.