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Newtown: What's Gone Wrong with Media Coverage?

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A girl lights a candle at a makeshift memorial outside the Sandy Hook Elementary school for the victims of the December 14 shootings in Sandy Hook village in Newtown, Connecticut, December 19, 2012. Six funerals for victims of the shootings were being held Wednesday in the Newtown area. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW EDUCATION)

Tragedies on the scale of the shootings in Newton, Connecticut are covered in very distinct ways by media in societies around the world.

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Zeynep Tufekci of Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy joins us from Istanbul, Turkey to talk about what steps journalists and others might take to ensure that coverage of Newtown does not inspire similar killings.

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