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Students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette got a lesson in breaking news coverage during a symposium sponsored by the SPJ student chapter at the school.
The program -- "Covering the Big One!" -- examined local media coverage of a hostage crisis that received international attention in 1999.
Representatives from local print and broadcast outlets discussed their coverage of a six-day standoff at a St. Martinville, La., jail after Cuban detainees took the warden and seven employees hostage. Panelists discussed the competition to get a new and different angle or exclusive on a story that was being covered by local and national outlets, and they talked …