Media literacy: Boston bombing, live blogging from NY – New media vs. traditional media live coverage. Case study

Context – I’m in New York right now following the bombing in Boston live on traditional and new media.

————Overview

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How journalists are covering the #BostonMarathon explosions:

http://storify.com/poynter/how-journalists-are-covering-reacting-to-boston-ex?utm_source=embed_header  – A Storify of the coverage.

Another Storify coverage: http://storify.com/tjortenzi/boston-marathon-explosion?utm_source=embed&utm_medium=publisher&utm_campaign=embed-header

————19:00 – Some conclusions

Google person finder was available after 2 hours from the explosion: http://ow.ly/k5KUR . It seems that there is a clear split between traditional media (mainly TV) and social media after the first 3 hours. Traditional media now delivers relevant information (first source) for social media consumers while activists now use social media to organize and provide assistance.

The first 3 hours from the incident were also very interesting for channel comparison as social media was the first to react and produce images and content from the scene. It is very likely that the authorities will use more social media content leads in the investigation. Continue reading “Media literacy: Boston bombing, live blogging from NY – New media vs. traditional media live coverage. Case study”