Every week, Syracuse University professor Aileen Gallagher helps Longreads highlight the best of college journalism. Here’s this week’s pick:

There’s a marvelous detail buried deep in Indiana University senior Katie Mettler’s story about the wrongful conviction of David Camm, who was tried three times for the murder of his wife and children. At a diner across the street from the courthouse, employees knew the jury had a verdict because the courthouse called to cancel the lunch order. It’s a detail that shows instead of tells, that tired old rule that writing teachers repeat ad infinitum. We repeat it because it’s so hard to do, but so worthwhile. That kind of reporting and writing is what elevates journalism beyond mere stenography.

Suspended Justice

Katie Mettler | Indiana Daily Student | Fall 2013 | 21 minutes (5,157 words)

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