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Postmortem: Covering The Media Covering Newtown Massacre

  • Poynter, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 2:49 PM

Andrew Beaujon takes a serious, comprehensive look at the media's coverage of the Newtown Conn. shootings, discussing such issues as early journalist and social media mistakes and media-bashing itself. He presents two examples of excellent pieces -- including this "deeply reported" one from the nearby Hartford Courant -- and concludes, "Great journalism still takes time, usually, and breaking stories don’t require great journalism. They just require honesty about how damn hard it is to find out what happened and relay what you’ve learned."

Beaujon also provides fascinating examples of how the process of breaking news has always been "messy," including a "presentation about the UPI wire on the day President Kennedy was shot."



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