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Aurora, Colo., Shooting Spree: A Day Of Tears For Victims And Of Twists In Case (Washington Post)
Sunday was a day to mourn in Aurora, Colo. -- and ask, fruitlessly, why. Two days after a shooting rampage killed 12 people and wounded 58 in a movie theater, President Obama flew in to praise victims and survivors. And Colorado leaders held the first large public memorial service, asking a crowd of thousands to repeat "We will remember" after each of the 12 names. Reuters Obama joined local officials and residents in refusing to utter the name of the alleged shooter, James Eagan Holmes. Holmes, who was apprehended moments after the massacre, is to make his first court appearance on Monday. Poynter / MediaWire Sports journalist Jessica Ghawi was one of 12 victims who were murdered in the mass shooting Friday. Through social and traditional media, Ghawi, who worked under the name Jessica Redfield, lived very much in public, something reflected in the tributes to the 24-year-old. TVSpy Ghawi was a former intern at KDVR, according to the Fox affiliate's live blog. She was a sports blogger for Busted Coverage who also kept a blog of her own. The chilling last entry was an account of her experience narrowly avoiding another mass shooting at the Eaton Centre in Toronto last month. NPR / The Two-Way She wrote that at 6:20 p.m., she bought a burger but instead of sitting down to eat it at the Eaton Centre food court, she went outside to get some fresh air. "The gunshots rung out at 6:23," she wrote. "Had I not gone outside, I would've been in the midst of gunfire." TVNewser Colorado politicians were the lead guests on all of the Sunday public affairs shows. TVSpy During a press conference Friday afternoon broadcast live on both national and local media, Aurora police chief Daniel Oates asked journalists to please be careful in their reporting. Mediaite On ABC News' Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos interviewed Brian Ross, who reported that there may be a link between the alleged Colorado shooter and the Tea Party. TVNewser Ross said that there was a "Jim Holmes" mentioned on a local Tea Party website, though he added "we don't know if this is the same Jim Holmes." It was not the same person, and Ross had to retract his earlier report on-air during a special report. It is unclear why Ross felt that he had enough to go with the connection on-air. Politico In television journalism, few reporters are as controversial as Ross. CJR / Behind The News Under the apology online, commenters accused ABC of a liberal media bias and some called for Ross' resignation. If some liberal outlets can be accused of politicizing the tragedy, one on the right posted an opportunist response. In an astonishing manipulation of available information, Joel Pollak of Breitbart News published an "exclusive" first thing in the morning claiming he had evidence that the suspect was a registered Democrat, but that he couldn't be sure it was the same James Holmes. Pollak was later forced to post an update stating that new evidence showed the suspect was not registered to vote. Poynter / MediaWire Meanwhile, some bloggers were guessing the shooter has ties to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Poynter They should have held off reporting the supposed connections to the Tea Party or the Democratic Party until they had more than just a lead. In the same way, I think this was the wrong time for journalists to tweet their attempts to confirm those reports. In short, it was the wrong time for process journalism. CJR / The Observatory Here we go again. A gunman fires on an unsuspecting crowd and the American media leap to conclusions about the shooter's state of mind. Poynter / MediaWire In the early morning hours Friday, user "Peener13" started a thread on Reddit called "Someone came into our theater at the midnight release of Dark Knight Rises and began opening fire. Who here on Reddit can help me calm my nerves?" In the hours since, others have commented and added what they know, and Peener13 has edited her post to answer people's questions. GigaOM Although local TV news channels and CNN have been all over the story since it broke late Thursday night, some of the best fact-based information gathering has been taking place on Reddit and via curation tools like Storify. In each of these events, we can see how a new form of journalism -- one that blends traditional reporting and crowdsourced reports -- is taking shape. Poynter / MediaWire Around the world, newspaper front pages on Saturday captured the horror of the mass shooting. On Sunday, many newspaper front pages focused instead on the upcoming Olympics or other local news. In Colorado, New York and Slovenia, the front pages featured victims and mourners. HuffPost Here's how news websites covered the shooting Friday. LA Times / Politics Now As the conversation surrounding the tragic shooting shifts toward a discussion on whether the event justifies action taken to expand gun control, it's important to recognize how opinions on gun ownership have shifted in recent years. Poynter / MediaWire I am a gun owner and have been since I was 13. When I do journalism workshops around the country, I often ask journalists how many of them own guns. Even in places like Texas and Oklahoma, a tiny percentage of the journalists I talk to own a gun or say they know much about them, but they cover stories that involve guns all the time. Inevitably, the debate over guns and gun control will heat up again after the mass shooting. So let's be sure that we are clear about some gun basics. Slate We can't blame The Dark Knight Rises for the Aurora shooting. But we also can't ignore the parallels between Christopher Nolan's grim world and our own. Politico / Dylan Byers On Media In a New York Times opinion piece, Dave Cullen, author of Columbine, is cautioning those looking for answers to last week's shooting to bide their time. NYT / The Opinion Pages Cullen: "You've had 48 hours to reflect on the ghastly shooting in Colorado at a movie theater. You've been bombarded with 'facts' and opinions about James Holmes' motives. You have probably expressed your opinion on why he did it. You are probably wrong. I learned that the hard way."

Rupert Murdoch Steps Down From News International Boards (The Telegraph)
Rupert Murdoch has resigned as a director of a string of companies behind The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times, fuelling expectations that he is preparing to sell the newspaper group. BBC News Murdoch, 81, quit directorships at NI Group Ltd., NewsCorp Investments and Times Newspaper Holdings on Friday. NYT Those companies are subsidiaries of the News Corporation, Murdoch's $53 billion New York-based company whose assets include The Wall Street Journal, the Fox Broadcasting television networks and the 20th Century Fox film company. Mediaite News Corp. is downplaying the news and insisting it all has to do with the previously announced split of the film and television division and the newspaper and publishing division into two separate companies. New York / Daily Intel Still, things don't look good for Rupert and his beloved U.K. rags -- or Rupert's general presence in the U.K., the site of the phone-hacking scandal that set off the steady erosion of his reputation and power (along with that of his son and presumed heir-to-the-throne, James). HuffPost / AP Saturday's announcement suggests that Murdoch may be distancing himself from his British newspaper interests, which have been shaken to the core by a widespread phone hacking scandal.

Chicago Tribune Decides To Stick With Journatic (JimRomenesko.com)
The Chicago Tribune is hiring 44-year newsroom veteran Randy Weissman as a consultant to help develop and implement appropriate changes at embattled Journatic and the Chicago Tribune, which has invested in the hyperlocal content provider. Poynter / MediaWire The Tribune suspended work with Journatic after revelations that the company had published stories with fake bylines and that a writer there had plagiarized a story on TribLocal, the network of suburban papers and hyperlocal websites Journatic published on behalf of Tribune. The Tribune has been working with Journatic on TribLocal for about three months. It invested in the company in April and laid off or reassigned the Tribune journalists who had been responsible for TribLocal, which launched in 2007 as a user-generated community network. Crain's Chicago Business Dozens of media outlets use Journatic content; it won't say exactly who or how many. The Chicago Tribune's parent, Tribune Co., has an undisclosed stake in the Chicago-based company. Chicago Tribune Brian Timpone, a one-time TV reporter-turned-entrepreneur, believed he had created a business that promised to significantly cut the costs of gathering and producing local news. So did Tribune Co., the media company that owns the Chicago Tribune. The 39-year-old co-founder and chief executive of Journatic LLC struck a deal in April in which Tribune Co. agreed to invest an undisclosed amount in his 6-year-old media content provider. But less than three months later, the partnership has become an embarrassment after ethical breaches, including false bylines, plagiarism and fake quotations were discovered.

Frontline Promotes Producer, Signaling Future Role As Top Executive (NYT)
The longtime executive producer of Frontline, the renowned television documentary series, now has an heir apparent. David Fanning, who has led the series since its founding 30 years ago, said Saturday that he had promoted Raney Aronson to a new position, deputy executive producer. The move, staff members said, signaled that she will one day succeed Fanning.

Sun-Times Media Fires Photographer For Using Fake Names And Quotes (Chicago Sun-Times)
A Sun-Times Media photographer was fired Thursday after admitting she used fake names and quotes in numerous Pioneer Press "Question of the Week" photo essays published this year, the company said. Photographer Tamara Bell's "employment with our company has been terminated," according to a statement from Pioneer Press publisher Chris Krug. Chicago Tribune Appearing in several Sun-Times Media publications, the "Question of the Week" piece incorporates photos of individuals, their names, the community in which they live and answers to a question about a particular area or issue. JimRomenesko.com Sun-Times Media confronted Bell, 40, after getting a reader complaint and she admitted to 22 fabrications. A Sun-Times investigation noted "at least 43 photos and related captions that ran in 11 separate 'Question of the Week' features since March were found to be problematic."

Bloomberg Plans Convention Dailies (Adweek)
Bloomberg LP is jumping into an area dominated by established media players again -- this time with a daily magazine it will produce for the Republican and Democratic conventions.

The Stylish Side Of China (NYT)
Zena Hao, a 24-year-old publicist, avid follower of fashion trends and proud owner of four Prada handbags, has a new passion: fashion magazines. She carries home hefty copies of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and studies the pictures for inspiration. Hao's enthusiasm for fashion magazines thick with advertisements for Louis Vuitton handbags and Chanel lipsticks are a welcome source of revenue for magazine publishers based in New York. While fashion labels are spending more on magazine advertising in the United States, they're pouring even more money into magazines across mainland China.

Pirates Of The Olympian (Adweek)
It's Thursday, Aug. 2, around 3:15 p.m. EST, and rivals Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are about to go toe-to-toe in the men's 200 meter race. NBC is betting that millions of working Americans will want to stream that race live. And it's going to great lengths to make sure they do it legally.

Twitter Embraces Olympics To Train For The Big Time (WSJ)
As athletes parade into London's Olympic Stadium Friday, Twitter Inc.'s Olympic hopes will play out in a spartan office in Boulder, Colo. There, a handful of people will spend 20 hours a day to help corral millions of Twitter messages from Olympic athletes, their families, fans and NBC television personalities into a single page on Twitter.com.

Pinterest, Tumblr And The Trouble With 'Curation' (NYT)
Years ago, in my penurious and somewhat traumatic 20s, I got into the habit of collecting interior-design magazines. My parents were splitting, and my family was scattering, and one day I picked up a copy of Elle Decor at an airport and suddenly felt as though I were teleported to Narnia. I didn't have a house or even the disposable income to purchase nonessentials that cost much more than magazines. But my family moved often when I was growing up, and my mother tried to mitigate this upheaval by reproducing our last house in each new house, while rigorously maintaining a standard of perpetual "magazine readiness."

How To Worry About A Clicks-Driven Times-Picayune (CJR / Behind The News)
If clicks drove coverage at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans -- a more realistic prospect than it's ever been -- what kind of publication would we get?

The Story Of Steve Jobs: An Inspiration Or A Cautionary Tale? (Wired)
Soon after Steve Jobs returned to Apple as CEO in 1997, he decided that a shipping company wasn't delivering spare parts fast enough. The shipper said it couldn't do better, and it didn't have to: Apple had signed a contract granting it the business at the current pace. As Walter Isaacson describes in his best-selling biography, Steve Jobs, the recently re-crowned chief executive had a simple response: Break the contract.

Deutsche Welle's Trying To Use Africa's Mobile-Phone Boom To Spread News By New Means (Nieman Journalism Lab)
As the fastest-growing mobile market on the planet, Africa is facing huge opportunities -- and distinct challenges -- in news dissemination. By the end of the year, it's estimated that more than three-quarters of the population will be cellphone subscribers, including in places where literacy rates are low and electricity is unavailable. To better serve that demographic, German media giant Deutsche Welle is using over-the-phone voice technology to deliver news.

UC Berkeley Launches Mobile Reporting Field Guide (10,000 Words)
A new journalist reference guide on tools and applications that can be used for iPhone reporting has launched from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

MySpace Gets A Makeover, With Help From Justin Timberlake (Forbes / Mixed Media)
In the years since News Corp. bought it, the name "MySpace" has become a synonym for a certain type of epic freefall, the kind that can only happen in the frictionless atmosphere of the Internet. When something so big plunges so far so fast, it generates a lot of downward momentum. Anyone who tries to reverse its trajectory risks getting pulled down with it. But what if MySpace wasn't really a disaster in the first place? Or, rather, what if there was a substantial success concealed within the failure, one that could form the nucleus of a healthy new business?

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