Best of the Rest: How to follow the PSU scandal

    From time to time, the NBN News section summarizes news from student publications at other colleges.

    The Penn State child sexual abuse scandal is evolving quickly--so quickly that writing any coherent news summary here makes no sense. (When I began this blog post, there was only a single NYT story suggesting Penn State Coach Joe Paterno "may" resign in "days or weeks;" it is now public that he is retiring at the end of the season.) But it does make sense to recommend a few sources that are covering the scandal rigorously and covering it well. 

    The Daily Collegian, the Penn State student paper, has sterling coverage of the scandal, from the PSU student response to Paterno's retirement to an incredibly useful timeline of the scandal's events so far on the paper's homepage (it's unfortunately not embeddable here). The paper's reporting, in particular, seems to understand the import of events as they happen: it was one of the few news organizations to report Monday on the postponement of a dinner held for PSU President Graham Spanier. 

    Particularly strong is the Collegian's Twitter feed, @DailyCollegian, a source of original reporting, images, and contextualized retweets.  That feed (excerpted below) is so strong that ESPN plans to use images from it in their reporting.

    Quickish, which aggregates sentences from the day's best sports stories, and which is curated by Dan Shanoff, a Northwestern alumnus, has devoted a full page to the Penn State scandal. It has the best summary of professional sports reporters's reaction to the unfolding events.


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