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Stepping up on social media

The coverage of Monday’s explosions at the Boston Marathon marked an evolution in the use of social media in an unfolding crisis. It was an effective display of how fragmentary information develops into a clearer story line — and of subjecting less reliable information to real-time scrutiny.

Many news organizations already had reporters, photographers, and videographers in place at the Marathon’s finish line, allowing initial news reports from the scene of the explosions to emerge quickly. Social media feeds filled rapidly with eyewitness accounts, public safety announcements, and up-to-the-minute reporting.

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