Onward State editor Devon Edwards resigns over incorrect Joe Paterno death report

* Onward State managing editor resigns: “I would like to issue a retraction of our earlier tweets.” Devon Edwards continues:

I never, in a million years, would have thought that Onward State would be cited by the national media, and today, I sincerely wish it never had been. To all those who read and passed along our reports, I sincerely apologize for misleading you. To the Penn State community and to the Paterno family most of all, I could not be more sorry for the emotional anguish I am sure we caused. There are no excuses for what we did. We all make mistakes, but it’s impossible to brush off one of this magnitude. Right now, we deserve all of the criticism headed our way. || The statement continues.

FROM EDWARDS’ ONWARD STATE BIO: “Devon is a senior majoring in sociology and political science, and is Onward State’s managing editor for the spring of 2012. Devon joined Onward State in January of 2011, after a lengthy stay in the comment section.”

* Read reactions to the error: Comments from Onward State’s Facebook page

* ShortFormBlog: “CBS Sports’ original report on Joe Paterno’s death failed to source Penn State student-run blog Onward State.”

Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski), editor of Yahoo Sports! Puck Daddy blog: “I think this is 1 of those times when revealing details will be essential. Apology’s nice; now why did it happen?”

Jim Brady (@jimbradysp): “Certainly a terrible screwup on the part of @onwardstate. But impressed with the honesty and decisiveness of that Facebook note. Good model.”

Joe Flint (@JBFlint) of Los Angeles Times: “Definition of sad: Website that supposedly covers Hollywood going after hits with Paterno news. Can’t wrap my head around that one.” (Referring to The Wrap, Joe?)

Carl Lavin (@FromCarl): “Another national media site, @MarketWatch, has failed to tweet anything about Paterno since sending out wrong info (attributed to ‘report’).”

Chris Jones (@MySecondEmpire): “A good night for me to repeat one of my probably wrong-headed beliefs: Readers remember the best story, not the first story.”

Kathryn Quigley (@WriterChickNJ), journalism professor: “Dear #journalism students: “Be Accountable” is part of the SPJ Ethics Code. @OnwardState did that tonight and that is commendable.”



  1. Interesting — the guy took responsibility. You can tell he’s not in the “real media” yet.

    You will see a glaring example of the opposite case if the Syracuse accusations unravel any further. Those people who were calling for various heads? They’ll pretend they never said anything, and they’ll be allowed to get away with it.

  2. Erik said:

    He did his job and reported what the sicko was doing, he doesnt really deserve a bad rep.
    Hell, all the stress of dealing with the situation is probably what really killed him.