April 10, 2014 |
Sydney Contraguerro saw a friend get stabbed in the hallway of Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday. And then she turned to Twitter to figure out what was happening in the halls of her high school. “I was checking Twitter every 15 minutes,” the high school senior said. Twitter has long been a platform for people to share what they've witnessed during major news events: earthquakes, plane crashes, shootings. But in Murrysville, Twitter appeared to be a prime source of communication about who was OK and who was injured in the immediate aftermath of the stabbings.
February 23, 2012 |
The National Enquirer's cover photo of Whitney Houston lying in a casket has sparked outrage in the media world. On Twitter and on Facebook, on blogs and on media websites, the pundits are harrumphing and accusing the supermarket tabloid of finally going too far. And that's why we'd like to offer a completely different view -- from Marc Cooper , an associate professor at USC and the director of the Annenberg Digital News. "To use a cliche, it's much ado about nothing," Cooper said.
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September 17, 2005 |
A Colorado man has acknowledged that he called media outlets to report that a 7-foot alligator had been captured at a Los Angeles lake -- a report that turned out to be a hoax. Alamosa County Sheriff Dave Stong said Friday that James Solvig is under investigation on suspicion of criminal impersonation. No charges have been filed. The alligator, known as "Reggie," was dumped in a Harbor City lake several months ago.
July 19, 2013 |
A group of parents have decided to fight back against the decision of Corona Santiago's administration to force out boys' basketball coach David Humphreys. In an email, representatives say they have more than 150 petitioners requesting a school board meeting or hearing seeking the reinstatment of Humphreys, who had been the coach for five years. "Our parents are outraged," according to the email sent to media outlets. This is the second controversy this summer involving the Corona-Norco Unified School District.
December 14, 2012 |
Like many fast-moving news events of the past, the mass shooting in Connecticut on Friday proved that speed can be the enemy of accuracy when it comes to news reporting. Many news organizations misreported the identity of the suspect in the elementary school killings, and at least three - Fox News, Huffington Post and Slate - posted the wrong man's Facebook page. “News outlets are torn between the pressure to be first and the obligation to be right, and 11 times out of 10 it's the pressure to be first that prevails,” said Marty Kaplan, a journalism professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. "And yet each subsequent news story that illustrates the danger of doing that fails to stop it, just as each successive shooting fails to raise the issue of gun control to the level of salience it needs to be. I think the sad truth is, we will never learn our lesson.” PHOTOS: Connecticut school shooting Many media outlets - including CNN, ABC, NBC, the Los Angeles Times and Fox News - initially cited law enforcement sources as identifying the man responsible for the shootings as Ryan Lanza, 24. The suspect was later identified by authorities as Adam Lanza, 20, whom many news outlets identified as Ryan's younger brother.
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March 21, 2014 |
Prosecutors announced Friday that there was not enough evidence to charge a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan last September in San Francisco, according to a report from the San Jose Mercury News . Michael Montgomery, 21, was arrested last September but then released, with officials saying they lacked the evidence to charge him. Montgomery was one of two men held for questioning after the stabbing death of Jonathan Denver,...
September 26, 2013 |
New Jersey Senate candidate Cory Booker uses Twitter more than the typical politician. He tweets cheesy maxims; replies publicly to just about everyone who mentions his name, and relentlessly catalogs his schedule of ribbon cuttings, football games and speeches. He also apparently exchanges direct messages with single women, including a tattoo-covered stripper from Oregon who works in a vegan strip club, a detail that's gotten the New York media world excited after a few long weeks during which no local politicians did anything even remotely scandalous.
November 1, 2012 |
No timetable is set to replace Randy Bernard, whose departure as chief executive of the Izod IndyCar Series sparked a storm of protest from some media outlets and fans this week, interim IndyCar Chief Executive Jeff Belskus said Thursday. Making his first public comments since Sunday, when IndyCar announced that Bernard had stepped down, Belskus acknowledged in an interview that "Randy was very popular" and that IndyCar "has a lot of passionate fans. " "We do plan to conduct a thorough search for a permanent replacement," said Belskus, who is also CEO of IndyCar's parent, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp.
August 9, 2012 |
DENVER -- James Egan Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater on July 20, is expected to be in court Thursday in a hearing to unseal more details about the case. Twenty news media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, have joined in a motion to ease a strict gag order imposed on the case by District Court Judge William Sylvester. That order bans anyone connected with the case from discussing it, including those at the University of Colorado.