Journalism professor offers insight on newspaper’s decision to run gun show ad near story about Newtown students returning to school

Professor Rich Hanley

The Stamford Advocate is coming under criticism today for publishing an ad for a gun show on the same page as a story about Sandy Hook Elementary School students returning to school in Monroe.

Rich Hanley, associate professor and director of the graduate journalism program at Quinnipiac University, said, “The stunning juxtaposition of a gun ad — even one for antique guns — with the Sandy Hook story is unfortunate,” Hanley said. “Unlike online ads that are generated automatically by computer code that may botch the contextual relationship of news and advertising content, the paper-based page still presents layers of opportunities for manual overrides, such as a flag from advertising or other warning to let the page designer know the content. That should have happened here, and I’m sure an apology will be offered by The Advocate for this failure of communication between the advertising side and the news side.”

If you’re interested in interviewing Hanley, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac University, 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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