Magazine article The Quill

Quill: Deadline Reporting-Newspaper/wire Service

Magazine article The Quill

Quill: Deadline Reporting-Newspaper/wire Service

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Less than one hour before deadline and 10 minutes before the last copy usually leaves the copy desk, a mentally ill man opened fire in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Family History Library, killing two people.

The staff of Utah's locally owned daily newspaper, The Deseret News, pulled together and produced one of their finest and most read pieces of the year in time to print the story in that day's afternoon edition.

The shots were fired at 10:30 a.m. at the LDS Family History Library, the largest such library in the nation. The News heard about the story 15 minutes later. It could have been a minor incident, but the paper treated the incident as a calamity, dispatching its entire staff to gather information and produce a story in time for deadline.

In 90 minutes, members of the staff assembled an Al story - complete with photos and a map of the shooting area. In a cooperative effort, beat reporters and photographers stepped out of their usual roles in order to gather information and piece together sketchy events. …

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