About this project

December 21, 1988 changed our world forever.

For the communities at Syracuse University and the Scottish town of Lockerbie it was an especially dark day. All 259 passengers aboard Pan Am Flight 103 including 35 SU students, plus 11 villagers on the ground, perished from the actions of those determined to do evil.

Now 25 years later, the many stories of what happened on that fateful flight, the many ways society has adjusted and many aspirations of converting the pain into a call for world peace persist.

In Fall 2013, 26 students in the Web Journalism and Innovation course at SU’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications embarked on exploring the Pan Am 103 tragedy in hopes of presenting the topic as a multimedia experience. They researched issues, designed concepts, compiled current and archival material, filmed and edited videos and ultimately programmed the six interactive packages that make up this project. This proved to be a learning experience filled with lessons about multifaceted journalism, the technical aspects of building digital projects and, on a personal level, understanding the impact an event of this magnitude has had during the past quarter century.

Thank you to the many people who contributed their stories, memories and time during the reporting of this course including the families of the Pan Am 103 victims, the 2013 Remembrance Scholars, Judy O’Rourke, Kelly Rodoski, Lawrence Mason, Melissa Chessher, Steve Carlic, Sean Kirst, Michael Davis and The Alexia Foundation, Cara Howe and the Pan Am 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives.

Please feel free to share this project with others, or send your feedback to Jon Glass or Dan Pacheco.

Project Teams


Alejandra Acuna, Jessica Cabe, Joe Infantino, Daniel Taroy and Angela Zonunpari

Honoring those lost

Chloe Gersten, Trish Kilgannon, Diana Pearl and Jack Williams

Societal shifts

Mary Ballinger, Tom Charles, Megan French, Maggie Quigley and Erika Scully

Look back, act forward

Linda Gorman, Max O’Connell, Natasha Schuyler and Leslie Walters

A bond within the wreckage

Matt Hartley, Melanie Lustig, Kaitlyn Richards and Erik van Rheenen

Shaping the future

Daisy Becerra, Julie Kosin, Kally Lyons and Madina Toure

Course Professors

Jon Glass and Dan Pacheco

Newhouse School Developer-in-Residence

Dan Schultz

Newhouse School Web Producer

Jeff Passetti