The university ignored our investigation and follow-up stories. The Chancellor declined our repeated requests for interviews. Lawmakers didn’t want to get involved. Members of the system’s Board of Regents declined interview requests. But our student reporters persevered, and in December the university issued a statement saying they will form a working group to examine the university's preparedness for an active shooter situation.
This is a compilation of our coverage, Our initial investigation aired in our final newscast of the spring semester. It revealed holes in UWM’s preparedness for an active shooter situation: no lockdown drills, no ability for police to make an simultaneous announcement in all buildings, an opt-in rather than an opt-out text alert system, and classroom doors that have to be locked from the outside.
UWM PantherVision is a weekly, student-produced newscast that airs to 300,000 cable households in Southeastern Wisconsin and an additional 180,000 digital on demand cable subscribers from the Illinois border to upper Michigan. It is the product of two classes at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and one class at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Students in UWM’s television news reporting class serve as reporters, photojournalists, editors and anchors, while students in UWM’S television news management class serve as the managers and producers. Students in the Video and Television Production program at MATC handle all studio and control room duties.