/// Osama Bin Laden Dead—and the Story Broke on Twitter

May 2, 2011  |  Media Week

This year, the committee that awards the Pulitzer Prizes chose not to give a breaking news award. Sunday night, we saw again why it's become so difficult for media outlets to truly break news these days. Just after 11:30 p.m. ET, President Barack Obama stepped to a podium to make a surprise announcement: U.S. forces have killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. By the time Obama spoke, reporters had been buzzing for a little under two hours, ever since an email from the White House saying that Obama would make a statement. Rumors started flying about what that statement would contain, and the unusual timing only added to the frenzy of speculation. So soon enough, every relevant reporter—whether print, TV, or any other medium—seemed to be on the story

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Osama Bin Laden Dead—and the Story Broke on Twitter



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