Coverage Of The Boston Bombing, Undercover Reporting, and MORE

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Brooke examines the twists and turns of the marathon bombing coverage, listeners tell OTM what they want to hear from the media when there's no new information during a crisis, and what it's like to tweet the news cycle in the wee small hours of the morning. 

Brooke on the Bombing Coverage

Though the Boston Marathon bombing happened less than a week ago, the coverage has already had a month's worth of twists and turns. Brooke reviews the sometimes-unsteady media coverage of recent developments in the case.

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Twitter Coverage Through The Night

As a manhunt for the Boston bombing suspects unfolded in the wee hours of Friday morning, Twitter was the place to be for coverage. Brooke speaks with OTM producer Alex Goldman, who captained the late (really late) night Twitter coverage for On the Media.


Implode - Bottom Of A Well

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What Do You Broadcast When There's Nothing to Say?

After the initial surge of news on Monday, we hit a news lull, so many outlets filled their air with recycled video, speculation, sorrow on the scene, pundits, consultants and blather. We asked the best call-in host we know, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, what you're supposed to say on-air when there isn't new information but people still want to tune in. 

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Listener Reaction To the Boston Bombing Coverage

Earlier in the week, we asked our listeners to let us know what they thought of the coverage they were seeing. We got many thoughtful responses on our blog. In an interview recorded Thursday, listeners Alexander Hoffman, Kat Danielsen, and Roland Dumas talk with Brooke about their experience of the Boston bombing coverage.


William Tyler - Country of Illusion

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How Runner's World Covered the Marathon

The magazine Runner's World sent over 20 staffers to cover the Boston Marathon. After the bombs exploded, a small team stayed in Boston, transforming from sports reporters to journalists in a breaking news environment. Brooke talks with the magazine's Editor-in-Chief, David Willey, about directing the magazine's coverage during a national tragedy.


William Tyler - We Can't Go Home Again


Politicking During Tragedy

Between battling for high profile legislation on guns and immigration and consoling a nation, Obama had to walk a tightrope this week. Brooke talks to Glenn Thrush, Senior White House Correspondent for Politico, who says that reconciling what was happening inside and outside Washington, was not as hard as it might seem.  


Going Undercover In An Industrial Slaughterhouse

In the May issue of Harper’s magazine, Ted Conover, a longtime undercover and participatory journalist, details his job as an undercover federal meat inspector at an industrial slaughterhouse. Conover talks to Brooke about meat safety, going undercover and why it's necessary to bring a hidden world to life. 

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Should reporters lie or misrepresent themselves in order to get an important story? Undercover reporting has long been an effective, exciting and, some would argue, necessary journalistic tool. But at a time when the public's trust in the press is waning, can journalists afford to lie? In a story that originally aired in 2008, Brooke talks with undercover reporters and their critics.


Clive Carroll and John Renbourn - Robert's Sermon

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