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10:55 AM ET, December 16, 2012


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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: Gawker and @sesmithwrites
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
Amanda Zamora / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Crowdsourcing campaign spending: What ProPublica learned from Free the Files  —  Editor's note: Back in September, we told you about Free the Files, a project from ProPublica that tried to harness the energies of the crowd to sift through (virtual) stacks of documents regarding political ad spending at local television stations.
Derek Thompson / Quartz:
Young mobile news readers still prefer stories the way their great-great-grandparents did: In columns of text  —  In the eyes of employers, marketers, and brand gurus, Generation Y tends to be treated like a separate species, forged in the primordial stew of Internet, whose habits …
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: CNET, TechCrunch 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.
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