A Critical Eye On Real-Time Media Coverage Of Trials Involving Sexual Violence, Minors

Aug 31, 2015

The trial of Owen Labrie, a former student at St.Paul’s School charged with raping a 15-year old school mate in 2014, ended last week with his acquittal on the most serious felony rape charges and convictions on several lesser charges.

This case has drawn national media coverage and raised questions about how such cases get reported in an age of instant electronic communication, live-tweeting, and streaming video. 

Joining All Things Considered host Peter Biello to talk about that is Lyn Schollet, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Her organization has been critical of the media's coverage of Labrie's trial and the victim in the case.

Editor's note: This interview was recorded on August 27th, before the jury in Labrie's trial handed down their verdict.