A report of crime on and around O.D.U. is the product of the students of COMM/ENGL 366, Public Journalism in a Digital Age. Public Journalism – sometimes called civic journalism – is based on the understanding that journalism is an essential part of the democratic process. While the students recognize that the project falls short in two key areas – engaging the public and suggesting solutions – they also understand that analyzing the problem provides a foundation for public journalism. A first step toward engaging the public is moving this project to a potentially public space – a WordPress site. A first step toward solution is the student’s interest in socioeconomic factors and reaching out – in an interdisciplinary fashion – to experts in Criminal Justice. At the suggestion of this semester’s class, this site will be moved forward to the next class in the hopes that this foray into modern Public Journalism – fueled by the internet’s implicit give-and-take with the voting public – may lead to solutions to problems with crime at Old Dominion University. –Lynn Waltz Professor of Journalism
ODU is visited by a film company that specializes in campus parties, resulting in chaos and rioting
Students investigate on-campus drug and alcohol usage: the statistics, the reasons, the effects and the campus response.
An ODU student is beaten to death outside a local nightclub, just off campus.
A look at robberies that occur around campus, and police suggestions to improve student safety.
Some ODU students are using illegal means to pay for their educations.
Much of the violence on and around ODU stems from off-campus parties.
ODU students mourn Paul Johnson.
Larcenies are the most prevalent crimes on ODU campus. Students express their concerns, and ODU Police are taking measures.
ODU installs new crosswalks in high traffic areas in order to improve student safety.
Residents of Lambert's Point, a neighborhood just off campus where many students live, weigh in on the crime and where ODU fits into the equation.
A Lambert's Point Civic League meeting is divided between longtime residents and ODU students.
Students investigate the progress of a court case where two former ODU football players are being tried for rape.
The ODU football team undergoes sexual assault prevention training as a proactive measure.
A look at student opinions about crime, and how ODU stacks up against some of the most dangerous campuses in the country.
ODU administrators meet with student organizations to discuss answers to the crime problem.
A collection of the past semester’s stories on crime and safety at ODU.
"A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself." --Arthur Miller