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The story of a FAMU Marching 100 drum major dying possibly as a result of hazing hit kind of close to home.
I’m a former member of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Marching Mavericks. I was a part of the saxophone section and active member of the honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi. Those were the best times of my collegiate career!
Now you know why I followed this story…
It hasn’t been publicized, but there are some tweets from the night after the Florida Classic that reveal a little more detail into what was happening the night Robert Champion died, including one that encourages hazing.
Here is the question, would you report on these tweets?
Here is my argument:
Back in May, it made headlines that a resident in Pakistan had inadvertently tweeted as Seal Team 6 was invading Osama Bin Laden’s compound.
The posts made to twitter that aren’t made private are in the public sphere and there for anyone that pursues them.
Already, twitter is being used innovatively in journalism and this is just a part of the new territory. The tweets are compelling and give the viewer a window deeper into the Marching 100 world, which usually just exists between band members.
What’s the difference between reporting the guy who was unknowingly tweeting when seal team 6 was next door killing Osama bin laden and reporting on tweets famu and Marching 100 related on the night the drum major died?
What are your thoughts? Is there an ethical boundary being crossed by adding this angle to the whole story?

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