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How Student Journalists at Ohio State Covered Monday’s Attack

Nick Roll was working on homework over a small coffee and a blueberry doughnut at Dunkin Donuts across the street from Ohio State University Monday morning when the message hit his phone.

“Buckeye Alert,” it read. “Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”

Roll, a senior and campus editor of OSU’s The Lantern, packed up his laptop and charger and headed out. He wanted to get as close to the news as he could.

College journalists don’t often have to cover breaking news that’s being followed nationally. But staffers at The Lantern were ready for a few reasons: They’ve had practice, they had a plan and they know their campus.