This Week’s Headlines: Movie Theater Shooting, Yahoo’s New CEO

First off, our hearts go out to the victims of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. earlier today. Not surprisingly, the reaction in social media and traditional media tops our list of media and publishing headlines this week, even eclipsing the buzz about Yahoo’s new CEO. Here’s a look at this and other timely stories:

  • Colorado Theater Shooting: How it Played Out Online: Mashable highlights user-generated images and tweets from the scene of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. As the friends and family of victims reacted to the news in real time, the effect was chilling. We can only imagine if passengers on the Titanic or witnesses of the Kennedy shooting had been able to tweet or Instagram.
  • USA Today launches internet video guide: USA Today has announced the launch of “TV on the Web,” a daily programming guide to online videos and podcasts. PaidContent reports that this is the first internet video programming guide from a large mainstream newspaper. The guide will appear online and in print, pointing readers to online content curated by USA Today editors and reporters.
  • Latest Word on the Trail? I Take It Back: Reporters love getting juicy quotes from political candidates, but the New York Times reports that advisers to Romney and Obama are stamping out this practice, instead insisting approving and amending quotes before they’re published. Obviously, this puts political reporters in an uncomfortable position. On the one hand, they need to maintain relationships with key players in the political arena if that’s their beat. On the other, getting quote approval could be seen as pandering and a threat to journalistic integrity. (HT to @editortim for tweeting this link to us.)
  • Yahoo to Pay Mayer $100 Million Over Five Years: This week, Yahoo! announced former Google VP Marissa Mayer as its new CEO. We won’t get into the controversy over Mayer being pregnant, but we found this WSJ article on Mayer’s compensation to be interesting, especially in light of our recent posts about wages.
  • Times Names Buffalo News Editor as Its New Public Editor: Speaking of women in high places, the Times announced Margaret M. Sullivan as the paper’s fifth public editor. In addition to writing a column for the print newspaper, Sullivan will engage with readers online and through social media. She starts September 1.

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About Susan Johnston

Susan Johnston is a Boston-based freelance writer whose work appears in Bankrate.com, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, MediaBistro.com, Parade Magazine, and SELF, among other places. She is the author of The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets and blogs at The Urban Muse.

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