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[EDITORIAL] How to Understand What the Aurora Shooting Aftermath Says About the News

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 25 2012

On Reddit, eyewitnesses prove they were where they said they were, saw what they said they saw.

It's time to quit all of this wringing of the hands about the "future of news." We're in the damn future of news. People genuinely concerned about its direction ought to cancel their next speaking gig pontificating about that future, whether dystopian or bright, and put their hands instead to shaping it.

There's no better example of the problem and its solutions than the latest round of navel-gazing in the wake of the shootings in Aurora, Colo., late into the night of July 19. What began as an earnest attempt to understand a tragedy and then to parse this country's collective response to it has devolved into just another "journalists vs. bloggers" bull session. It's a false dichotomy, as almost everyone in that argument has already conceded.

Citizen media and "mainstream" media aren't even two sides of the same coin. There is no longer such a thing as "citizen media" or "'mainstream' media," as far as I'm concerned, because each is now such an integral part of the other.

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Data Visualization: #OWS on Twitter vs Newspaper Front Pages

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, November 11 2011

If you are interested in exploring the evolving relationship between social media and the mainstream press, check out the ongoing series of info-graphics at Numeroteca.org. Read More

One California Town May Post DUI Arrests to Facebook

BY Nick Judd | Friday, November 19 2010

Officials in one California city, faced with reporters and editors who have refused to run a list of people accused of driving drunk, have decided to publish the list themselves — on Facebook. Faced with a local ... Read More

Obama’s non-reductive rhetoric as new media strategy

BY Editors | Wednesday, January 21 2009

Maybe candidate/President Obama's aversion to generating sound bites is central to his new media strategy of bypassing the traditional gatekeepers. Case in point: yesterday's Inaugural address.Whatever the accolades for ... Read More

We the Web of the United States

BY Mindy Finn | Friday, June 13 2008

On Wednesday (June 11), I joined a panel of eCampaign Directors for major presidential campaigns at a forum called, what else, the first 21st Century Campaign, sponsored by Google and National Journal. Peter Dauo for ... Read More

MTV News Still on the Edge of Political News

BY Alan Rosenblatt | Tuesday, April 22 2008

Think MTV's Street Team '08 once again puts MTV News at the leading edge of election news coverage. I have long been a fan of MTV News and its coverage of electoral politics. Back in the early '90's, while I was ... Read More