View Full Version : How do I find a subject

10-01-2006, 04:23 AM
That has been involved in a high school shooting? I've got a nugget from a publisher that if I can do a profile on someone who has experienced this first hand, they'd be interested in a piece from me ... now all I have to do is figure out how to go about finding that subject and I have no idea how. I don't live in Colorado (like, nowhere near Colorado). I don't have a teen and I'm far from my own teenage years ...



10-01-2006, 04:56 AM
Can you get access to any newspaper stories that might have published some of the names or the names of the schools?

You could always contact the administration of the schools mentioned, explain what you need and why, and perhaps they would help you out.

10-01-2006, 05:32 AM
Enter "school shootings" in your search engine and you'll come up with lots of places where one has occurred. I got Mississippi, Oregon & several others.

Try this link. . .it gives a map of school shootings:


10-01-2006, 05:43 AM
Here's a listing of recent school shootings. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777958.html

There was one near where I live this past week. It happened at a college. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060917/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_duquesne_players_shot

Google your area and I'm sure you'll find a few. It's unfortunate, but shootings are going on everywhere.

Are you looking for subjects in the Colorado area or a different area?

10-01-2006, 06:36 AM
Thanks for this guys. I'll quote the editor exactly: "If we could find a teenager who went to one of the school that experienced this and has a compelling story ..."

So now I want to find exactly who that person might be ... !!!

10-01-2006, 10:33 AM
I Google weird things when looking for specific types of people to interview.

I just tried "shooting at my school" and found a number of students talking about a shooting at Dawson College (Montreal):





Here's one who doesn't say where she's from:


This one's also about Dawson, but a few posts down, someone says there was a shooting at his school in 1997: http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=83907

(I stopped on page 2.)

If it were me, I'd try Googling lots of phrases that a teen might type if they'd just been in a situation like this. Imagine what they'd write if they were on a message board, or their own blog. "Someone got killed at my school," "brought a gun to my school," "got shot at my school," "murder at my school," etc. Then I'd click through to their profiles, or contact info, and try every which way to e-mail them to ask if they'd consent to an interview. (Of course, once you have someone, fact-check it to make sure that the shooting really did take place, and if possible, get confirmation from a school administrator that this person was a student there. Teens do some weird stuff for attention, so ya never know!)

Also, check with your editor to see if she has any restrictions... the Dawson students are a good bet because there are so many talking about this online, but you'd have to know that your editor would be OK with the fact that (a) they're college students, not high school, and (b) they're in Montreal-- I assume the publication you're writing for is in the U.S. Sometimes that matters to editors, sometimes it doesn't.

10-01-2006, 04:14 PM
You guys are amazing. Truly, truly amazing.

Good thing I slept last night ... but did any of you??????

10-02-2006, 12:48 AM
Sleep? I don't believe I'm familiar with that term.

Oh. Right. That's the thing I'm going to do when I'm dead.

10-03-2006, 03:37 PM
The press offices at various gun-control lobbying groups in your area. I know absolutely nothing about this subject but I bet there are some survivors who go around giving talks to schools and the like.