April 15, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- In an age of near instant communication, Twitter again became the world's town square as traffic to the service spiked minutes after the deadly Boston Marathon explosions. People rushed to Twitter for real-time information on fatalities and injuries. It was the first to air the news of the explosions at the finish line (10 minutes ahead of cable news) and to break the news of multiple explosions and mass casualties as users posted firsthand accounts and photographs. Foursquare founder and Chief Executive Dennis Crowley, who was running the marathon to raise money for Camp Interactive, a program to expose underprivileged youth to technology, turned to Twitter to let friends and family know he was OK. (He also used it to ask journalists to "leave us alone right now. ")
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March 7, 2013 |
What a month. Great journalism and smart strategies for digital coverage continued in February, resulting in the biggest audience to latimes.com in the history of the site. We also recorded a 125% increase in video viewership, and L.A. Now and Entertainment set all-time records. Breaking News Nobody does breaking news better than the Los Angeles Times, and this was never more apparent than in our coverage of the manhunt for Christopher Dorner and his standoff with police.
December 23, 2012 |
FROSTPROOF, Fla. - Believers ask, "What would Jesus do?" In the little city of Frostproof, however, people are asking, "Where would Jesus go?" A plastic baby Jesus, accompanied by a plywood donkey, vanished from the manger sometime after the annual Christmas parade Dec. 1. "It kind of makes you wonder about people - no respect," said Frostproof Vice Mayor Anne Dickinson, who has lived in this rural community in central Florida for most of her 81 years. Apparently, Frostproof is not alone.
November 6, 2012 |
Many parents are wary of their children becoming actors, fearful that their progeny will toil in minimum-wage jobs while going on endless auditions. Bella Heathcote, one of the young actresses featured on this year's Los Angeles Times Young Hollywood roundtable at the AFI Fest, said her father was not excited by the prospect of her moving from Australia to Hollywood. He was a lawyer, and Heathcote said she worked as a paralegal at his firm to placate him. "He spent a few years being like,"Yeah, that's great.
May 10, 2011 |
For a week people have been asking, "Why won't the president release Osama bin Laden's photo?" That's the wrong question. We should be asking, "Why was Barack Obama in such a hurry to tell us Bin Laden was dead?" The White House says the information in Bin Laden's compound is the equivalent of a "small college library," potentially containing incalculably valuable and unique data on Al Qaeda operations, personnel and methods. "It's going to be great even if only 10% of it is actionable," a government official told Politico's Mike Allen.
May 5, 2011 |
When it emerged Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan, some people thought I might not hear about it for weeks. Not because I only consume news about Sarah Palin but because, for the last month, I've been in semi-isolation in the New Hampshire woods. I'm on a fellowship at The MacDowell Colony, a hallowed institution that provides artists of all kinds — writers, visual artists, composers, filmmakers, even architects — their own studios (mostly rustic cabins and beautifully designed loft-like structures)