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11:10 AM ET, July 21, 2012

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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Colorado shooting and the crowdsourced future of news  —  Only a few days ago, we were writing about how users of Twitter and Reddit used those networks to tell a compelling story about a mass shooting in Toronto, and now the same phenomenon is playing out in real-time during another horrific incident …
Discussion: Poynter, Beet.TV, CNN, BuzzFeed and Poynter, Thanks:@megangarber
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Jack Shafer:
What the Colorado shooting says about us  —  The Colorado movie massacre imposes on us once again the temptation to extrapolate lessons from a demented act of violence.  Depending on the lens through which the massacre is viewed, it has encouraged some to restate their case for gun control …
Jakob Schiller / Wired:
When Tragedy Hits, Photojournalists Balance Reporting and Emotion  —  “He was screaming at the top his lungs, ‘Have you seen my son?’” says Barry Gutierrez, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who has been covering today's shooting in Colorado for the Associated Press.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Media Decoder:
Hollywood Struggles for Proper Response to Shooting  —  Updated LOS ANGELES — Executives for Warner Brothers were still assessing the implications on Friday of the deadly shooting in Aurora, Colo., at a midnight showing of its big-budget film “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Erik Wemple:
Are news bureaus good for breaking news?
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Sports journalist Jessica Ghawi dies in Colorado theater shooting
Abigail Pesta / The Daily Beast:
The War on ‘Teen Vogue’: Young Readers Escalate Campaign for More ‘Real Girls’  —  Teenage girls are stepping up a fight for the magazine to show a wider range of body types, claiming the current images can spark eating disorders and other problems.  Abigail Pesta reports.  —  Does Teen Vogue digitally zap zits?
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
Infographic: Should You Cover a Piece of Tragic Breaking News?  —  Homemade infographics are stolen from Tom Scocca.  —  See more posts by Choire Sicha
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Michael Caruso, Smithsonian's new editor, sees a livelier future for magazine  —  Michael Caruso announced his arrival at Smithsonian Magazine with a cover image of a 50-foot snake poised to bite off the heads of unsuspecting readers.  —  Subtlety is not Caruso's strong suit, nor his ambition.
Rethink Digg:
v1  —  As betaworks and Digg both announced on their blogs, we are taking over Digg and turning it back into a startup.  What they didn't mention is that we're rebuilding it from scratch.  In six weeks.  —  On August 1, after an adrenaline and caffeine-fueled six weeks, we're rolling out a new v1.
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Jessica Roy / Betabeat:   Betaworks Team Announces Ambitious Goal: Rebuild Digg From the Ground Up. In Six Weeks.
Sarah Carr / CJR:
How to worry about a clicks-driven Times-Picayune  —  A departing reporter's worst-case fears  —  If clicks drove coverage at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans —a more realistic prospect than it's ever been—what kind of publication would we get?  We can look at past traffic and get a rough answer …
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
NPR hires lobbyists as GOP targets public broadcasting funds  —  National Public Radio has hired lobbying firm Navigators Global, according to disclosure forms filed Thursday.  —  NPR has come under fire from some Republican lawmakers who want to cut off all federal funding to the nonprofit media organization.
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Digital First Media assembles curation team ahead of time to help cover Colorado shooting  —  The US media group's new curation team will officially start a week on Monday, but a ‘makeshift’ team was put together today to help report on the shooting in Colorado
Discussion: The Buttry Diary and ABCNEWS
The Daily:
Sorkin cleaning the “Newsroom”  —  Aaron Sorkin has been doing press all week defending his critically-panned HBO show, “The Newsroom,” but behind the scenes he's cleaning house.  Most of the writers on the cable drama about a Keith Olbermann-type television news demagogue have been fired …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Viacom's $5 Billion DirecTV Deal Keeps the Bundle Intact for Seven More Years  —  Remember when the DirecTV-Viacom standoff was going to be the first step of the beginning of the end of TV?  Or at least the end of the bundle?  —  Turns out you're going to have to keep waiting for that.
 
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Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
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James Asher / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
McClatchy's Washington Bureau establishes no-alter quote policy
Discussion: Politico
The Huffington Post:
Ann Curry Returns To ‘Today’: Anchor-At-Large To Report Live From Aurora, Colorado
Discussion: TVNewser and Gawker
Erik Wemple:
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