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Bombings and Explosions

April 15 2013: The Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent related shootings were a series of attacks and incidents which began on April 15, 2013, when two pressure cooker bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon at 2:49 pm EDT, killing 3 people and injuring an estimated 264 others. The bombs exploded about 12 seconds and 210 yards (190 m) apart, near the finish line on Boylston Street.

Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban

Oct 9 2012 Malala Yousafzai , born 12 July 1997)is a Pakistani school pupil and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She is known for her activism for rights to education and for women, especially in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11–12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for 22 girls.


According to Poynter's Al Tompkins, every journalist should develop an “online state of mind.” It is not enough to know where to find information, you must also set high standards for only using information from reliable sources, and quotable sites:

· What are your standards for using material you find on the Web?
· How do you advocate for training your staff to learn how to use the Internet?
· How could you encourage “internal experts” on your staff to teach others?
· How do you reward people who are willing to share their best information, sources, and sites?

The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism is dedicated to trying to understand the information revolution. We specialize in using empirical methods to evaluate and study the performance of the press, particularly content analysis. We are non partisan, non ideological and non political. The Center's goal is to help both the journalists who produce the news and the citizens who consume it develop a better understanding of what the press is delivering, how the media are changing, and what forces are shaping those changes.