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The Washington Post

• Comprehensive narrative of Norris Hall rampage completed in just over two days
• Extensive, early profiles of shooting victims
• First in-depth interviews with various police chiefs
• Early reporting on fact that shooter was from Fairfax County

The New York Times

• Early reporting on details of Seung-hui Cho’s preparations
• Early reporting on school administration’s knowledge of Cho’s mental illness
• Early reporting on efforts of English department to reach out to Cho

ABC News

• First to report name of the shooter (9:10 a.m. on April 17)
• First to report on Cho’s procurement of weapons
• First to get and report on court document showing shooter was detained for mental-health reasons

WSLS-TV (NBC affiliate in Roanoke, Va.)

• Eye-popping report on Cho’s outing with an escort: “He was creeping me out.”

NBC News

• Video, pictures, and writings sent to network by the shooter


• Number of shots fired inside Norris Hall (225)
• Report on a speeding ticket issued to Cho on March 30
• First sit-down interview with poet Nikki Giovanni, who taught Cho

The Roanoke Times

• Informative blog with 10:17 a.m. posting on April 16 on the massacre
• Breadth of community coverage

Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Scoop on Cho’s appearance at shooting range near campus

* Data based on information from news organizations as well as other reporting.