Friday, July 20th, 2012

Infographic: Should You Cover a Piece of Tragic Breaking News?

Homemade infographics are stolen from Tom Scocca.

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limeonaire (#1,011)

Well said. As they say on MetaFilter: .

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

Why only wire services? Shouldn't the NY Times Denver bureau cover this? Local TV News? National news organizations, if they have correspondents in the area?

And shouldn't this give Tom Friedman the opportunity to let us know what his ski instructor at Vail told him about gun control in 2007?

Leon Tchotchke (#14,331)

@SidAndFinancy "*Do you have*, or are you, a reporter within 20 miles?" would seem to cover this. Presumably the NY Times has a reporter within 20 miles.

I'm guessing that was directed more at local weeklies that feel the need to write up national news stories days after they happened, as if nobody knows anything until Thursday rolls around and the Pottstown Bugler comes out and they get done pulling out the Safeway coupons.

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

@Leon Tchotchke: You're right. Believe it or not, it seems I had a bit of trouble following the chart on first look.

TennisCourtOaf (#4,871)

@Leon Tchotchke You're overlooking the fact that most weeklies have very active blogs — yet still only have the standard weekly resources. They must remain relevant (or feel pressured too) when something like this happens, or else readers and advertisers will lose confidence in them. There have been a few interesting solutions to this floating around (ours has been to editorialize, we're a flaming liberal rag and proud). But this is the most damn elegant solution I've seen — kudos awl.

brent_cox (#40)

What app does Tom use for flowchart-making? (Been thinkin' of takin' it up myself.)

@brent_cox Looks like Visio 2013. Maybe AutoCAD.

KenWheaton (#401)

Slow clap.

What if I have relatives within 20 miles? Should I just Tweet about it?

deepomega (#1,720)

What if I saw something someone retweeted that was attributed to a "witness"? That's practically an interview, right?

Leon (#6,596)

I have a tumblr, that makes me a qualified and certified public intellectual who should – neigh, who MUST – explain exactly what it means when one crazy person does some horrible thing.

There is a lot of things I probably should be explaining and saying and putting this in a larger context.

Danzig! (#5,318)

@Leon Saint-Jean As a demisexual trans-paraplegic batmobile otherkin, I feel like I have a lot to say about this and how it ties into the plight of crippled batmobiles in general

Brunhilde (#1,225)

@Leon Saint-Jean That's really going to cut into your dental-hygiene-related rapping time.

lbf (#2,343)

Last night I had dinner with a friend whose internet procrastination routine consists in perusing the comment sections of news sites. I called her a perverted mind, and I think thousands of people are proving me right right now.

mmmark (#4,458)

Are you Anthony Lane? –> Yes.

Danzig! (#5,318)

@mmmark I go straight to the New Yorker's film section for all my lectures on social psychology

Louis Fyne (#2,066)

Would have deprived us of this:

And that would be sad.

MikeBarthel (#1,884)


Niko Bellic (#1,312)

Here is what I want covered by the rest of us: the incredibly insulting story by Mary Elizabeth Williams over on Salon on how "we now know" that going to the movies will never be the same again.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

I found an elementary error in that flowchart. It says not to use the event for pageviews.

worst… info-graphic…..ever

This was confusing as hell

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