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Episode 133: Covering mass shooting stories in real time


We discuss the WDBJ shooting and how it was covered by news media and social media.

News sites all over the U.S. and world were covering this story in real time. News websites and social media were autoplaying videos of the murderer shooting people. Is this ethical?

What kind of warnings should users be given? Did too many news orgs cover this story in an effort to chase clicks? Was sharing the shooters social media profiles before he was caught ethical?

We end with a discussion about how news organizations often lack product people. Editorial does one thing. The business side does another. Rarely do the two sides get together to discuss making great products that users want and that will make money.

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