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Mon, August 6, 2012

Modern-day reporting

How did you first hear about the Temple shooting on Sunday?

Once again the first I heard of it was on Twitter, which is becoming my source for breaking news more often than ever.

But this time my access to media was limited because I was out at our lake home where there is no cable TV and even internet access can be sketchy at times, meaning the smart phone isn't a lock either.

You don't spend a few decades as a radio journalist and not have some of that instinct in your blood. When I first saw the tweets about the incident I felt like I should have been grabbing a recorder and driving to the scene to start phoning in radio reports.

So what did I do instead?
For a few hours I sat and tweeted my reports from various spots I could find information. It just felt like the right thing to do.

Twitter creates this feeling of community with those who are doing the same thing as you at the time. It was almost like a team Twitter effort to help get out the information.

This can also have negative effects. Bad info can spread like wildfire. People were being asked and reminded not to tweet anything from the scene that might compromise the efforts of authorities.
And then there's what I learned about Twitter on Sunday while this terrible tragedy unfolded.

There are people out there that are so twisted that they'll use an event like this to try to make a buck. Like I said, sick.
I'll talk all about it on the show today...as part of "Howz Yer Weekend?" because like it or not, this shooting was a part of our weekend...a very sad part.


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