LSU Cold Case Stories in the Regional & National News
Students in the LSU Cold Case Project won awards from the Louisiana Press Association for two projects. The nine students who re-examined the shooting deaths of two Southern students by a sheriff’s deputy in 1972 won the best investigative reporting award in the student competition. Josh Archote won first place in student feature writing for his series on two men who grew up in a Klan family.
Students from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication and the Southern University Law Center won a national investigative reporting prize
Nine students from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication and the Southern University Law Center won a national investigative reporting prize this week for stories re-examining the shooting deaths of two Southern students by a sheriff’s deputy in 1972.
Based on historical records and interviews, LSU Cold Case provides a sobering account of a deadly encounter between police and students during campus protests at Southern University in 1972, an encounter that left two young Black men dead and their families searching for answers. After 50 years, the questions and the stain remain. The students did an excellent job in recounting this painful event on their campus and its aftermath.
Tony Plohetski and Manny Garcia of the Austin-American Statesmen spoke to Manship students about their experience covering the Uvalde school shooting in May 2022.
Reporters Ashley Parker and Michael Bender speak to LSU Manship students about their journalism experience.
The Center for Community News at the University of Vermont features the work of the LSU Cold Case Project.
Governor John Bel Edwards signed an apology to Denver Smith and Leonard Brown who were shot and killed during a protest 50 years ago on the Southern University campus.
Governor John Bel Edwards signed a formal letter of apology to the families of the two Southern University students who were killed during a peaceful protest on campus 50 years ago.
Gov. Edwards apologizes on behalf of the state 50 years after two Southern University students were unjustly killed
Gov. John Bel Edwards apologized Wednesday on behalf of the state after a civil rights protest on the campus of Southern University turned deadly 50 years ago.
Journalist Ed Pratt recounts his experience on November 16, 1972 and highlights the importance of that day.
Medill announces recipients of inaugural Data-Driven Reporting Project funds: Funded by the Google News Initiative, 22 news organizations to receive support
LSU Manship News Service was one of 22 news organizations to receive a grant from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and Google’s Data-Driven Reporting Project.
Jay Shelledy and his students are tracking down the details of civil rights-era murders one case at a time
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Someone Knows Something | Episode 7: Epilogue (Cases – Ben Chester White, Frank Morris, Henry Dee-Charles Moore)
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In this bonus episode, David travels back to Mississippi, follows up on the Dee & Moore case, and looks at the fate of other civil rights era cases in the wake of the James Ford Seale trial.
American Reckoning, Frontline, PBS
Who killed Wharlest Jackson Sr.? In investigating the unsolved 1967 murder of a local NAACP leader, American Reckoning reveals an untold story of the civil rights movement and Black resistance.
The feature-length documentary from FRONTLINE and Retro Report, with support from Chasing the Dream, draws on rarely seen footage filmed by Ed Pincus and David Neuman more than 50 years ago in Natchez, Mississippi, and made available through the Amistad Research Center.
In following the Jackson family’s search for answers, American Reckoning also taps into the groundbreaking reporting of journalist Stanley Nelson, who investigated allegations of the involvement of a Ku Klux Klan offshoot, known as the Silver Dollar Group.
From acclaimed directors, producers and journalists Brad Lichtenstein (When Claude Got Shot, As Goes Janesville) and Yoruba Richen (The Killing of Breonna Taylor, The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show), American Reckoning is the latest component of FRONTLINE’s multiplatform initiative Un(re)solved, telling the stories of more than 150 victims of civil rights era killings for whom there has been no justice.