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J-School alumna reports live amid police shootings in Dallas

Hannah Wise covering Dallas protest July 7

As a breaking news reporter for the Dallas Morning News, Hannah Wise was assigned to broadcast the rally and march during the Dallas protests last week. She had been live for about two hours when shots rang out, sirens started to blare and people starting running and taking cover. Wise, a 2014 J-School graduate, covered the scene with Facebook Live.

Hannah recounted the events and how she and her editors approached her coverage in this story on Poynter the following day. During the chaos, Wise told the audience that she was going to “stay live for as long as I can, unless my editors tell me to get off.” After the shots were fired, Wise was live for about a half-hour before her phone died. 

Hannah Wise tweet

A few days later, Wise reached out to her mentors at the J-School to share her coverage and some words of appreciation:

"I wanted to shoot y'all a quick note to say thank you for all that you prepared me for during my four years at KU. 

Over the past four days I have had to make a lot of split-second decisions, some of those while under gunfire and broadcasting live. But in all of that I have felt secure that I've made the right choice, or at least a right choice that I can back up with my editors and with the public. 

My main contributions to the shooting coverage have been these stories: 

Tick-tock: http://interactives.dallasnews.com/2016/dallas-police-ambush-timeline/

Officer under fire: http://beta.dallasnews.com/news/dallas-ambush/2016/07/10/dallas-police-officers-reflection-front-line-sometimes-things-make-sense

Lives matter: http://beta.dallasnews.com/news/dallas-ambush/2016/07/10/protesters-gather-outside-northpark-center

Full coverage: http://beta.dallasnews.com/news/dallas-ambush


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