If Tragedy Strikes: What would you do?

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This Friday, 20 students will take part in a “If Tragedy Strikes” workshop where they will grapple with how they’d cover a shooting on campus. Fifteen students from The Daily and/or the journalism program and five students interested in public relations will be divided into teams of reporters, editors, photographers, and crisis managers to take part in a simulation led by publisher and editorial adviser Diana Kramer.

Kramer and professor Randy Beam planned the workshop and have invited several coaches to mentor the students, including executive editor of The Seattle Times David Boardman, multiplatform content manager at KING-TV Kelly Cheadle, associate vice president of media relations and communication at UW Norm Arkans, and UW Police Commander Steve Rittereiser.Mike Fancher, former executive editor of The Seattle Times will do a debriefing on ethical issues at the end of the three-hour training.

This workshop is incredibly timely considering last week’s events in Boston and will prepare students to emotionally and ethically handle such event if one were to occur in our area.