Held at Duke Law School, this panel seemed to be torn on examining the coverage.

Fortunately, the publication that covered the imbroglio the best–the Duke Chronicle–was represented on the panel.

Seyward Darby, editor of Duke’s student newspaper, The Chronicle, said that when news of the lacrosse case broke, portrayals of a campus split along racial lines amounted to assumptions made for sensationalism’s sake.

“That was really troubling to us,” she said, adding that she told TV crews at the height of the coverage that “the only thing that’s truly dividing our campus right now is your power lines to your satellite trucks.”

Darby, who is now the paper’s editorial page editor, is no slouch. She was named Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, is an AB Scholar, and is as fair-minded and hard-working as they come. Throughout the media madness, she became the face of the University, as she was in high-demand on television interviews for at least a month. And she was usually more articulate than the “reporters” trying to interrogate her.

Her remark as published by the Herald-Sun from yesterday is just as respectable.