Why Eagle News reports student deaths


Journalism stands for the truth, the very definition is to provide truth to the public on events relevant to the community.
A student death is never a fun story to write. There is never anything enjoyable or thrilling about getting the “scoop” on one of these stories.We are journalists and our job is to accurately report news. We are doing exactly what we are supposed to do.
As well as the opinion editor, I am also the media editor for Eagle News. Every time a student replies to a tweet with hurtful words about our paper that is “literally shit” it comes directly to my phone.
It also goes to our editor-in-chief’s phone, and others that put in countless hours of unpaid work (over our allotted paid hours) into creating the paper every week and actively bring the students news.
We are not just students with a MacBook and free time, we are not vultures, we are not clowns. We are students just like you. We grieve too. We hurt too.
Journalism is here for a reason. So is student journalism.
Without student journalism at FGCU you wouldn’t know that four out of eight FGCU campus dining locations that you eat at every day failed health inspections. Without FGCU journalism you wouldn’t know why the FGCU hockey team funding was cut. Without FGCU journalism you wouldn’t know how the student government and school are really spending your tuition money.We are here to report the truth and dispel rumors. We are here to inform the student body.
This is what we want to do with our lives. Just like nursing students that work in teaching hospitals to learn and improve, we work at a student newspaper to improve ourselves.
As we did in the death of Austin Vonckx, we will continue to report the true information that we have when we have it.