A reporter for ESPNU’s Campus Connection appeared to make a joke on Twitter about Wednesday night’s shooting on the campus of Florida State University, then claimed on a separate account that her personal account had been hacked.
Marisa Martin, a student at the University of Alabama, tweeted the following on Wednesday night: “Reported gunman on the FSU campus. Maybe he is heading for Jameis,” a reference to Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston. When criticized by other Twitter users for her comment, she defended her Tweet: “Since apparently I cant make a joke in all seriousness I hope everyone at FSU is safe & that the gunman is found. But I stand by my opinions.”
@marisam24 here just letting everyone at FSU know this account was compromised tonight. Sincere apologies and an investigation is underway
— AL Campus Connection (@UACampusConnect) November 20, 2014
Martin has appeared as a reporter for Campus Connection, which ESPN spokeswoman Keri Potts described as something of a college internship program in which students at hundreds of schools “can produce content or help with production.” Campus Connection reporters are not paid by ESPN, Potts said, adding that they have a “very loose affiliation” with the network.
According to Potts, students with Campus Connection are told to “go out and report and send it our way, and maybe we’ll use it.”