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EWA​, the professional organization dedicated to ​strengthening the community of education ​writers and improving the ​quality of education coverage ​to better inform the public, hosts ​a weekly podcast featuring lively interviews with journalists.

Dec 12, 2014

Earlier this month, Rolling Stone magazine published a story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, which resulted in outrage, shock, and a temporary suspension of all fraternities and sororities at the vaunted institution of higher education. But now, serious questions have been raised about freelance writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s reporting, as well as Rolling Stone’s decision to publish the story without stronger verification.

EWA Radio spoke with Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma at Columbia University about the Rolling Stone debacle and some of the important conversations now unfolding in its wake. Among them: How are universities are responding to sexual assault? Should newsrooms have codes of conduct for covering these stories? What are some “best practices” for education reporters when reporting on the experiences of individuals who have experienced trauma, including sexual assault?