Yesterday, a judge ruled that Penn State University was not entitled to insurance reimbursement for most of the claims it paid to victims as a result of the Sandusky scandal. The majority of the settlements paid for claims after 1992 are not covered.
You can read a responsibly written report by Lori Falce of the Centre Daily Times about that here.
The story that made all the national headlines, however, involves an unsupported allegation about a 1976 incident that was allegedly reported to Joe Paterno by an alleged Sandusky victim. The media malpractice came about not only when the word "alleged" was dropped from the headlines, but when the Patriot News ran with the uncorroborated allegation.
Getting back to responsible journalism, Falce wrote:
But why use the word “alleged”? The retired defensive coordinator was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse crimes in 2012, right? Yes. Those 45 counts relate to 10 boys, and incidents that occurred between September 1995 and the summer of 2009. However, Glazer’s order points to many more people and claims that include 1976, 1987, 1988, 1998 and 2001.