A Year in the Making

In case you missed it, Eric Athas, a 2008 graduate of the UMass Journalism program, has a story in today’s Springfield Republican on the tragic circumstances surrounding last year’s death of UMass student Katie Sherman.

Eric worked on this story for a little more than a year, providing a strong example of what dogged persistence can yield in an investigation.   Few things came easy on this investigation. Eric was vilified by many of Katie’s friends because of his initial reporting on this story.  He ran into numerous dead ends and many folks tried to wave him off the story.  But he persisted, resulting in today’s A1 story.



About journalismprof

Steve joined the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in August 2007 and has been working to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum. Since arriving at UMass, Steve has developed three courses modeled after his multimedia journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams in a newsroom-like environment where they work on packages -- using video, audio and photos to tell stories. He is also working with students on developing amherstwire.com, a news Web site staffed completely by students. Steve has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at washingtonpost.com. He also edits part-time for espn.com with the NFL and college football network.
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