Nemtsov Shooting: A day of developing news out of Russia

A series of updates were made today in the murder of Boris Nemtsov, a critic of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. It was not just breaking news, but developing throughout the day. Some news outlets stayed on top of the new information, while others did not immediately post them. Three news websites covered it differently and varied in their approach to social media, or lack thereof.

Some background: On March 27, Boris Nemtsov was shot and killing Today we learned that five men from North Caucasus were being held as suspects in the shooting. Later in the day, two those men were charged and one of which allegedly admitted involvement. After that the latest, as of this post, was that a sixth suspect blew himself up after a standoff with police.

Here’s a look at how the sites covered this story:

Newspaper site: The Washington Post Two Are Charged in Killing of Brous Y. Nemtsov”

The Washington Post’s latest story on the matter, has updated information. It published a new story with the latest details, rather than update the story from the day before. It was posted at 12:37 p.m., which placed it low among other news organizations who were continuously updating their site with more details in a search for news about the events. 

The Washington Post did not tweet its story the events, and its reporter Karoun Demirjian, who is based in Russia at the moment, did not tweet much more.

Broadcast site: CNN “6th suspect in Boris Nemtsov’s killing dies in suicide, report says”

CNN was shown high up in search results for today’s happenings. It was updating the story often and notifies its audience that it has been doing so under its byline. I saw on update just before 6 p.m. and another after 7 p.m, hours after its initial publishing on the site. It included a playlist of videos with new information and had a slideshow of photos relating to the shooting at Nemtsov at the bottom of the story. The story was broken down into different sections, “The suspects,” “Opposition blames Putin” and “Jailed or killed,” which provided additional context to the events.

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CNN showed when the latest update was made to the story.

The headline was updated when new information allowed.

CNN’s Breaking News Twitter account sent out updates, but not frequently. Its international account retweeted @cnnbrk.

Blog: The Two-Way (NPR) “More Arrests In Killing Of Russian Opposition Leader”

NPR’s breaking news blog The Two-Way posted a single story at 8:38 a.m. as more arrests were made, and updated the post twice throughout the day, the latest at 1:45 p.m. However,  it stopped there. The newest information that CNN and The Washington Post was not added, as of 8:30 p.m.

NPR tweeted the story once. 

Who was the best a covering the story? CNN.

CNN, although it did not have the most extensive social media use throughout this developing story, was on top of its updates. It kept its site updated with the newest information throughout the day, which kept it trending in searches with each development, above The Washington Post and The Two-Way. Plus, its headline reflected the newest information. It also offered more in terms of multimedia, with the latest clips and a photo slideshow.

The Washington Post did have new information, but CNN had more frequent updates. The Two-Way fizzled out after its afternoon update in a post that heavy with information was wire services and much shorter than the stories found on the other sites.

CNN had the best approach to a story that had breaking components throughout the day.. Coverage did not stop after the initial publishing of the story.


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