The Prince‘s Me-Too Tragejournalism

The <em>Prince</em>'s Me-Too Tragejournalism

Feeling excluded from Monday’s tragedy in Blacksburg, Ivy kids? Lost, adrift, don’t know what to think, how to feel … because this story doesn’t somehow involve you? Well, you can breathe a big entitled sigh of relief, because the Daily Princetonian is here to tell you that Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui’s sister has a connection to the school.

Well, sort of. The woman was a member of the class of ’04. Somehow that makes for lead-story news at the Prince, which believes that readers need to know that “Cho wrote her senior thesis on ‘ethnic enclave[s] and wage earning’ among Korean immigrants in California.” Tragically, the article notes, the killer’s sister’s former thesis advisor could not be reached for comment; what a blow to students searching for meaning. Reporter Michael Juel-Larsen did reach Cho herself on her cell phone (an earlier version of the story described her as “palpably upset”; that’s some phone), but alas she declined comment. History shall never know what window her time on Prospect Street might have provided into a massacre.

Prince EIC Kavita Saini ’08 emails: “The shooting at Virginia Tech was the worst in U.S. history and everyone’s trying to understand as much about the gunman and his background as possible. The fact that his sister went to Princeton was one aspect of our coverage of the shooting, and considering the amount of national interest in his family, we felt that it was the role of the school’s student newspaper to report what we knew about her.”

Hmm … quasi-reasonable. Maybe we’re being too harsh. What’s a lowly student paper to do, anyway? Send a team of reporters to Blacksburg, Va., to do real reporting?

  • p07

    also, vain as we are, we can’t help thinking what would happen if cho had followed his sister — as many siblings do — to princeton. yea, so we made it about us. other people would as well.

  • p07

    also, vain as we are, we can’t help thinking what would happen if cho had followed his sister — as many siblings do — to princeton. yea, so we made it about us. other people would as well.

  • different pton ’07

    Saw this story while catching up on IvyGate—when the Daily Prince printed that issue, I promise, practically every conversation that I had around campus that day was horrified at them. The Prince has always suffered from a pathological need to give every news story around the world a Princeton angle, which is normally just annoying—in this case, it was awful.

    Four featured articles that day, including the one about his sister having gone here, which eventually devolved into a fun chat about journalism with a reporter who was camped outside the family home. Within the next two days, they had published a report about Cho’s conversation with a religious group leader on campus.

    The whole thing was disgusting. I hadn’t noticed that they removed the phrase “palpably upset” from their online article, but that only buys them so much/little credit.

  • different pton ’07

    Saw this story while catching up on IvyGate—when the Daily Prince printed that issue, I promise, practically every conversation that I had around campus that day was horrified at them. The Prince has always suffered from a pathological need to give every news story around the world a Princeton angle, which is normally just annoying—in this case, it was awful.

    Four featured articles that day, including the one about his sister having gone here, which eventually devolved into a fun chat about journalism with a reporter who was camped outside the family home. Within the next two days, they had published a report about Cho’s conversation with a religious group leader on campus.

    The whole thing was disgusting. I hadn’t noticed that they removed the phrase “palpably upset” from their online article, but that only buys them so much/little credit.

  • ACE BOON KOON

    “me too tragejournalism”

    FUCKIN DOPE

  • ACE BOON KOON

    “me too tragejournalism”

    FUCKIN DOPE