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images* BuzzFeed on its “confused coverage” of the Sandy Hook school massacre: “In what was probably our biggest mistake, we now wish we had sent a reporter to Newtown instantly, which might have allowed us to close the loop between our online reporting and the original police sources.” (buzzfeed.com)
* AP TV reporter Frazier Moore on his news outlet’s errors: “When key elements of the story changed, the AP issued two advisories — one to correct that Adam Lanza, not his brother, was the gunman, and another that called into question the original report that Lanza’s mother taught at the school. (news.yahoo.com)
* Mathew Ingram is forgiving: “I think this is just the way the news works now, and we had better get used to it.” (gigaom.com)

* Check out the comments about the BuzzFeed post on my Facebook wall (facebook.com/jimromenesko)

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* Rock Hill Herald also has a gun ad next to its shooting story (h/t @DianneG)
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UPDATE: Herald editor Paul Osmundson has apologized for the ad:

Dear reader,

In Saturday’s Herald, an advertisement for guns was placed on a page near stories and a photograph about the tragic school shooting in Connecticut. Please be assured that this was neither intentional nor the fault of the advertiser.

Paul Osmundson

Paul Osmundson

Advertisements are usually placed days before the newspaper lands on your doorstep. In this case, the advertisement in question was placed Thursday morning.

But we at The Herald should have recognized the unfortunate juxtaposition of the advertisement with stories and a photograph about gun violence.

Multiple editors worked on the page and should have noticed the problem. We all made a terrible mistake, and for that I apologize.

Please know that we will continue to strive to bring you a newspaper that is reflective of our community, insightful and sensitive to its readers.

Sincerely,

Paul Osmundson

Editor