NY newspapers follow story of cop, boots and barefoot man
(Updated Monday morning with NYT interview of the homeless man.)
Some stories break. Others, as legendary editor Gene Roberts famously observed, ooze. The story of a New York City police officer’s kindness to a homeless man broke last week, went viral on social media and attracted widespread coverage from the established media. It began oozing on Friday.
[<a href="//storify.com/bmitch/next-chapter-in-story-of-cop-boots-and-barefoot-ma" target="_blank">View the story "Next chapter in story of cop, boots and barefoot man" on Storify</a>]<br /> <h1>Next chapter in story of cop, boots and barefoot man</h1> <h2>Some stories break. Others, as legendary editor Gene Roberts famously observed, ooze. The story of a New York City police officer’s kindness to a homeless man broke last week, went viral on social media and attracted widespread coverage from the established media. It began oozing on Friday.</h2> <p>Storified by Bill Mitchell &middot; Sun, Dec 02 2012 03:37:38</p> <div>I was prompted to check back in on this story by <a href=”http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/making-sense-of-news/196737/how-a-photo-of-nypd-officer-helping-homeless-man-spread/#comment-725272783″ class=”">a skeptical comment</a> attached early this morning to my <a href=”http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/making-sense-of-news/196737/how-a-photo-of-nypd-officer-helping-homeless-man-spread/” class=”">tracking of the first 24 hours in the tale</a> of Arizona tourist Jennifer Foster’s cell phone photo of officer Lawrence DePrimo providing new boots to a barefoot man near Times Square. The comment underlines the importance of an important stage in the process I refer to as <a href=”http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/business-news/newspay/96484/story-of-nedas-death-reveals-7-elements-of-next-step-journalism/” class=”">Next Step Journalism</a>: verification. The comment links to the first report I’ve seen attaching a name to the boots’ recipient. In a story published Friday, the New York Daily News identified him as 54 year-old Jeffery Hillman.</div> <div>NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo, who gave homeless man a pair of boots, shares ‘once in lifetime’ momentNBC NewsWire/Peter Kramer/NBC Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Foster, Larry Deprimo and Savannah Guthrie appear on NBC News’ &quot;Today&quot; show The ki…</div> <div>But it wasn’t until Sunday that the New York Post shifted the focus from the officer to Hillman. The Post’s headline is a bit of a stretch (“Shoe tale comes as a sock”), but its lead is a classic: “They were clueless he was shoeless.”</div> <div>Shoe tale comes as a sockThey were clueless he was shoeless. The family of the homeless man aided by a selfless cop in Times Square was shocked to find out yester…</div> <div>It wasn’t the tabs but <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=388162557927199&amp;set=a.274991665910956.65258.262068223869967&amp;type=1″ class=”">the police department’s Facebook page</a> that gave the story its initial traction. The New York Times appeared to be the first established media outlet to <a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/nyregion/photo-of-officer-giving-boots-to-barefoot-man-warms-hearts-online.html” class=”">break the story on Thursday</a>. In a <a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/nyregion/new-york-officer-lauded-for-giving-boots-to-barefoot-man.html?_r=0″ class=”">story published Friday</a>&nbsp;in its New York edition, the Times described encounters that others reporting having with the man, including at least one woman who said she also bought him a pair of shoes. But I could find nothing in the Times in my driveway Sunday morning nor in the paper’s online edition — at least as of 6 a.m. — indicating that the paper had caught up with this next chapter. To be continued, I’m sure.&nbsp;</div>