By Michael O’Connell
Here’s a nice summary of some the issues surrounding the coverage of the Aug. 24, 2012, shooting at the Empire State Building in New York City. It was written by Jeff Sonderman for Poynter.
This was a fascinating story to watch unfold on Twitter. The curtain was pulled back on the journalistic process, exposing its many strengths and weaknesses. A lot of incorrect information was being reported and repeated as events unfolded and reporters sought out confirmation of the real facts behind the story. There was this rush, by both digital journalists and witnesses, to post and repeat content quickly.
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