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4:15 AM ET, December 16, 2012


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A Local Crisis Meets The Global Social Web  —  A crisis unfolds in a small town.  A shooting rampage at an elementary school — children and teachers have been killed — ends with the alleged shooter dead on the scene.  A law enforcement official names the alleged shooter in the Sandy Hook shooting …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
How The Newtown Bee is covering Sandy Hook Elementary shooting  —  Newtown Bee Associate Editor Shannon Hicks was at the newspaper's offices about a mile and a quarter from Sandy Hook Elementary when she heard about a possible shooting at the school, said John Voket, also an associate editor at the paper.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
It's not Twitter — this is just the way the news works now  —  If it seems like just yesterday that we were talking about how error-prone Twitter and other social-media outlets were during a crisis, that's because it was almost yesterday — Hurricane Sandy, the last event to really stress-test …
Discussion: New York Times and Metropolis
Will Oremus / Slate:
Building a Better Truth Machine  —  Emergency workers stand in front of the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn.  —  When something momentous is unfolding—the Arab Spring, Hurricane Sandy, Friday's horrific elementary school shooting in Connecticut—Twitter is the world's fastest …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
How can we explain shootings if we don't report on mental illness?  —  After a tragedy like Friday's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, it's easy to find out an individual state's gun laws.  It's far harder to assess a state's approach to mental health issues.
Discussion: @sesmithwrites
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
News orgs circulate Facebook profile, photos of unconfirmed shooter
Erik Maza / WWD:
Fox News' Reporting Blunder
Discussion: Gawker
Patrick B. Pexton / Washington Post:
Will cost you money?  —  The Post is closer to charging you for online news than it was only nine months ago, when I last wrote about this subject.  But the decision is not final.  —  Citing unnamed sources, the Wall Street Journal reported Dec. 6 that The Post …
Discussion: @rajunarisetti
Tanzina Vega / Media Decoder:
ESPN to Use Twitter to Send Instant Replays of College Football  —  For the holidays this year, college football fans are getting the gift of portable instant replay.  —  Starting Saturday, in time for bowl season, Twitter in partnership with ESPN and Ford will provide embedded replays from football games in posts sent via Twitter.
Discussion: TechCrunch, CNET and Adweek
Curtis Brainard / CJR:
Flight of the bloggers  —  Despite recent departures, Discover is rebuilding fast  —  Amidst a move from New York to Wisconsin, Discover magazine has lost some of its most popular science bloggers in recent weeks, but the publisher says that the outlet is as committed to its brand as ever.
Matt Haber / Co.Create:
Longform Podcast Takes You Inside The Process of Journalism  —  The three founders Longform Podcast tap today's best reporters and writers for creative advice that transcends journalism.  Plus: secrets from journo stars.  —  Max Linsky  —  Here's the main thing Max Linsky …
Sarah Marshall /
Google-backed Data Journalism Awards open for entries  —  The Global Editors Network awards will see eight data journalism projects receive a total of €15,000  — is a media partner of the awards  —  The Global Editors Network has today announced the launch of next year's Data Journalism Awards.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
MobileMobileMobile: Yahoo Eyes Hipster Teen-Founded Summly News App  —  When she's not board-swapping, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been scouring the landscape for trendy mobile “acqhires” to give the sleepy Silicon Valley Internet giant some sizzle.  —  And you can't get more hot than Summly …
Discussion: paidContent, CNET and Business Insider
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
Google: Copyright removal requests spike to 2.5 million per week  —  Google announced Tuesday that the number of requests it receives each week to remove links to allegedly infringing websites in its search results has grown ten-fold over the past six months.
Discussion: The Verge
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