Monday, November 15, 2010

Ongoing assignment: Elizabeth Smart trial coverage

As a new reporter to the crime desk at the Salt Lake Tribune, I have been given the priviledge of assisting with the ongoing coverage of the Brian David Mitchell trial, a.k.a. Elizabeth Smart trail (when she was allegedly abducted at age 14 from her Federal Heights home in June 2002). It wasn't until nine months later she was found. The mass public assumed she had surely been killed and would never be seen again. It was a case that captured the attention of international media.
Once again the exposure of the case is being made manifest as national media outlets camp outside the court house in Salt Lake City during the trial that is slated to last until mid-December. I will be helping with coverage for the trial in one of many ways, which include cleaning up transcript sent by reporters, or actually going to the courthouse and typing up a transcript of what was discussed during the witness testimony.
It has been a privilege and an honor to assist in reporting a case that has this much magnitude.
The link below explains how the Salt Lake Tribune's recent coverage with nearly verbatim testimony from the court room is offering a new element of access and transparency for the regular public to be a part of.

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