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27 April 2013

The Conversation

Last week's Boston Marathon bombings and the manhunt generated wide-spread media coverage that sometimes put expediency over accuracy. Research associate in counter terrorism Leah Farrall looks at how academics can both contribute to and help combat misinformation during rapidly unfolding events . Read Online

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Boston, one week on

26 April 2013

2SER Friday Daily

It's been more than a week since the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombings, with one suspect in a critical but stable condition in hospital and another dead. Honourary professor Edward Blakley gives his assessment of what's next for Boston and the US. Listen Online

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Recommit to excellence in journalism

24 April 2013

The Australian

The news media's initial response to the Boston bombings was marked by an admirable restraint, says research associate Nicole Hemmer. In the days that followed, however, the reporting took a turn for the irresponsible. Read article

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Headline-making week in the US

19 April 2013

ABC 24 Planet America

Gun law reform blocked in the Senate, immigration laws on the table, the Waco fire and the Boston bombing. Lecturer Adam Lockyer gives his thoughts on a huge week in the US. Watch Online

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Restrained media response to Boston

17 April 2013

The Conversation

In contrast with previous terror attacks, such as the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, American media has avoided groundless speculation in its response to the Boston bombing. Research associate Nicole Hemmer looks at how the US has changed over the past few decades to usher in this landscape of press responsibility. Read article

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Solving the Boston Marathon attack

16 April 2013

ABC Radio PM

The search for whoever caused the carnage at the Boston Marathon has begun, but authorities and experts are cautioning against jumping to conclusions. Counter-terrorism expert Leah Farrall lays out some possible scenarios. Listen Online

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Victims wait for answers in Boston

16 April 2013

ABC News 24 The Midday Report

With memories of recent attacks fresh in the minds of many Americans, Obama is understandably reluctant to jump to conclusions about the fatal Boston bombings. But as associate professor Brendon O'Connor notes, in a post-9/11 world the US has more capacity than ever before to find those responsible. Watch Online

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Patriots Day bombings rock Boston

16 April 2013

Sydney Morning Herald Online

Were the Boston bombings a political statement timed to co-incide with Patriots Day or were they an opportunistic attack taking advantage of the busy Boston Marathon? Lecturer David Smith says that likely both were factors. Watch Online

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Attack on Boston Marathon shocks world

16 April 2013

ABC News 24

Details are slowly emerging about the two bombs which ripped through downtown Boston, leaving at least three dead and hundreds injured. In this 2 part interview, lecturer David Smith says that, although the motives are not yet clear, the malevolent intent of the attack cannot be ignored.  Watch Online

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