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MO journalism students react to Va. TV crew shooting


Following the tragic shootings in Roanoke, Virginia on Wednesday, journalists across the country have been reacting to the news.

For a certain group of students at Southeast Missouri State University, the killings hit close to home.

Journalism students at Southeast dream of doing what Alison Parker and Adam Ward did every day. Some of them just a few months away from graduating.

But some to are determined to not let this incident change their future plans.

Five hopeful journalists say they're still reeling from Wednesday's shocking news.

"When the story first broke, I was scared because it is a journalist being shot on live television. That is kind of scary to think about. That could have been me,” said Breanne Bleichroth.

Rarely do the reporters become the news, but when Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot to death during a live broadcast, some of the students questioned the safety of the business.

"Someone just needs one opportunity to see a live reporter and have their moment,” said Nathan Hinkle.

Others take some comfort in the fact that this was not random, but originated in the workplace.

"I don't expect much to change because of this because I don't think it is so much intrinsic to Journalism or anything else that it's going to profoundly affect the way that we do journalism,” said James Jones.

Out of this tragic story, they can all agree, it formed a community of journalists not only on campus but across the country.

"Being able to walk into class and knowing exactly what everyone is talking about does make you feel like you're part of a community that is bigger than you,” said Bleichroth.

It also reinforced their decisions to one day become professional journalists.

"My mom sent me a text last night asking, 'Are you sure this is what you want to do?' and it made me actually really think about it, but, the answer was yes,” said Jay Forness.

"This is just going to push me even further,” said Danielle Brown.

"It made me feel like I just wanted to go out there and do it more. Because this kind of stuff, we have to and hopefully people will learn from it instead of doing it again,” said Bleichroth.

Thousands of journalists took to Twitter and started the hashtag "#WeStandForWDBJ. The hashtag has been tweeted out 17,000 times.

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