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What If JFK Was Assassinated Today? How The News Would Cover It

The assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy was a pivotal moment for the nation — and the nation’s news teams. And in nearly every area of life, a lot has changed since the charismatic leader died 50 years ago today. One of the most pronounced shifts is in the news gathering and reporting process.

In honor of this pivotal historical moment, several news organizations have taken the chance to, in a sense, rewrite history by covering the event again in real time using modern reporting tools.

So what if JFK had died today? Here’s how some news organizations would cover it:

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50 Years Later: How News Orgs Are Remembering the JFK Assassination Digitally

jfkIn ten days, we’ll mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death, doing much of it through the Internet — essays, photos and multimedia remembrances — and some through the medium by which thousands of Americans learned that the beloved president had passed, TV.

Despite the darkness that fell over our country on Nov. 22, 1963, I’ve often read and heard that the wall-to-wall television news coverage of the assassination was something of a comfort to mourning Americans, a means of processing the unknown, the unexpected, and the unprecedented.

But since the Web lives on forever, I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at how modern-day major media companies and publishers are commemorating the anniversary digitally and using technology that was inconceivable at the time.

NBC News has put together a really impressive interactive website devoted solely to Kennedy. They debuted the site last week to promote an upcoming special called “Where Were You: The Day JFK Died” hosted by broadcast legend Tom Brokaw. NBC’s project consists of 275 video clips chronicling the assassination, the Kennedy legacy and family, and of course, the conspiracy theories (’s executive editor told Capital New York that this project would be a good segue into a more heavily interactive news experience for NBC News readers).

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