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Capital News Service covers rally at State Capitol

Jan 22, 2020

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Three VCU Capital News Service student reporters – Conor Lobb, Chip Lauterbach and Jeffrey Knight -- volunteered this Monday to cover the massive rally that brought 22,000 gun rights advocates to the State Capitol in Richmond. In the interest of helping foster a safe learning experience, instructor Alix Bryan attended the rally with Robertson School students.


"Students braved temperatures in the 20s, rumors of potential violence, crowded streets and a hectic pace while documenting the thousands of armed Second Amendment supporters that converged on Richmond to protest proposed gun control measures and lobby lawmakers," Bryan said. 


With the help of instructor Veronica Garabelli, the team posted social media updates, took photos and filed the following two reports and a slideshow that were published throughout Virginia that same evening.

Virginia Gun Rights Advocates Take Second Amendment Stand

What’s Next for Gun Rights Advocates After Massive Rally

Thousands of armed gun rights advocates flood Richmond streets (photo gallery)


"It was an opportunity for students to put their classroom knowledge to the test and thrive under deadline pressure," Garabelli said 

The Capital News Service student reporters had already had a busy semester with 20 articles filed to more than 100 news organization clients, including several that were picked up by the Associated Press and distributed across the nation.


"Congratulations to our student reporters for their excellent work and to our professors for their outstanding leadership of our Capital News Service team," said Dr. Marcus Messner, interim director of the Robertson School. "They make it very real in this capstone course and all of us in the Robertson School immensely proud."

You can follow more of the student reporters' work on the Capital News Service website. 

 Protestor being interviewed at State Capitol Rall;y

(Photos by Jeffrey Knight and Chip Lauterbach)