Thursday, July 28, 2011
April 16, 2007
We can all recall the massacre that occurred on April 16th at the Virgina Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. For anyone who doesn't know the details Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at the college, opened fire at the campus and left 32 people dead and another 25 injured. Jamal Albarghouti, a graduate student, was able to capture the shooting on his cell phone while he was hiding for safety. I can distinctly remember watching the news, which was continuously showing us the cell phone video, and thinking how real and horrifying the video felt since it wasn't shot professionally. There would be no footage of the actual shootings if he had not pulled out his cell phone and taken this footage.
The entire massacre is an excellent example of citizen journalism because afterward students blogged about what had happened that day. Here is the blog of one student that gives us some insight on what it was like to actually be a student there, on that day.
video from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSbZmd-l8n8&feature=related
image from: http://a.abcnews.com/images/US/ht_times_070417_ssv.jpg