Remembering Alison Parker and Adam Ward

WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward - Photo: WDBJ7 / MGN
WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward - Photo: WDBJ7 / MGN(WJRT)
Published: Aug. 25, 2016 at 4:34 PM EDT
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A year ago tomorrow will mark the one-year anniversary of the death of WDBJ journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward. For months, many tributes have been held and scholarships have been awarded to continue their legacy.

Today, students with The Breeze, JMU's student newspaper, wanted to remember Alison and Adam for the life they lived, rather than how they died.

It was at JMU that Alison began her career in journalism, even doing the first-ever live shot from the Quad for the school's student TV show.

A moment of silence was held in front of Wilson Hall on JMU's campus to remember Alison and Adam. Before students with the paper were sent to complete their stories for the day, former WDBJ News Director Kelly Zuber explained the hope for the assignment in remembering the two journalists.

"Adam and Alison just lived incredible full lives so what I felt we needed to do was the celebrate the last day they were fully alive," says Zuber.

In pairs, the students walked across campus with cell phones and cameras in hand. They asked students and those walking around, how do they live life to the fullest and what inspires them. Joe Trombadore, a copy editor with the Breeze, says she didn't know Alison, but felt this was important.

"I am really happy to be part of this team, I am really happy to remember her and honor her, and I think it is a really cool thing," says Trombadore. "I am inspired by it."

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