Articles about "Trayvon Martin"

Report: George Zimmerman to sue NBC over botched edit of 911 call

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Accused Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman is preparing a lawsuit against NBC, NBC News President Steve Capus and correspondent Ron Allen, the New York Post's Page Six reports.
A source tells us, “The suit will be filed imminently against NBC and its news executives. The network’s legal department has put everybody in the news department involved with this incident on notice, telling them not to comment.”
Poynter has confirmed that NBC is not commenting in this matter.

NBC broadcast three reports using audio edited to make it appear Zimmerman said, "This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.” The first report was produced by WTVJ in Miami, which fired reporter Jeff Burnside, who was involved in editing it. "Today" broadcast a report apparently influenced by WTVJ's that edited the audio the same way; reporter Lilia Luciano lost her job with the network after that. The Allen report was broadcast after those two, and apparently used the same audio track as the second. Correction: NBC's Miami affiliate is WTVJ not WTVR as this post originally stated.
George Zimmerman, left, walks out of the intake building at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility with an unidentified man on Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman posted bail on a $150,000 bond on a second degree murder charge in the February shooting death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin In Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Trayvon Martin story revitalizes black press, mobilizes ‘new guard’

As George Zimmerman is released on bail from a Florida jail after being charged with the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the case has ushered in “new guards” of black media, reports Jeff John Roberts, in a story that … Read more


CBS credits Mark Strassmann with breaking Trayvon Martin story

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The Trayvon Martin case has gotten relatively quiet, so is it time to revisit who first helped spread the story? Bob Schieffer said on Sunday that Mark Strassmann, who works in the network's Atlanta bureau, was first. Richard Prince noted yesterday that Strassmann's story appeared the same day Trymaine Lee's piece in the Huffington Post was published: March 8. It's probably wrong to ask which piece had bigger impact; they resonated in different ways. Strassmann was also credited with being first in a March 25 New York Times piece by Brian Stelter, who wrote:

The first national attention appears to have come from CBS News, on March 8, after the network’s southeast bureau, based in Atlanta, was tipped off. Mark Strassmann, a correspondent, and Chris St. Peter, a producer, contacted the family’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, and then sent an e-mail suggestion to a group of “CBS This Morning” producers. “We can interview the victims’ parents tomorrow,” they wrote in the e-mail, promising an exclusive. Within 40 minutes, the producers had said yes.
Stelter notes that Lee's piece, and another on, were also published March 8. Recently, Tracie Powell wrote for Poynter that the three people who deserved credit for moving the story are Lee, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Charles Blow. (I think you could also argue that Jonathan Capehart played a big role.) (more...)
Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton, center, closes her eyes as the family attorney Benjamin Crump rests his head against her shoulder, next to her son Jahvaris Fulton, left, during a news conference about the arrest of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

How 5 news sites monitor, moderate conversation about Trayvon Martin stories

A Huffington Post story about George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder charge had generated more than 15,000 comments by Wednesday evening. By noon today, the story had more than 25,000 comments.

Editors at smaller news organizations say their sites and social media … Read more

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Why report on neo-Nazi activity related to Trayvon Martin shooting?

There are lots of people from fringe groups saying stupid things in the wake of Martin’s killing and the push to arrest Zimmerman. Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA-Ch. 8 reported Wednesday that neo-Nazi groups were handing out literature as people gathered just before Corey announced her decision on charges. … But media should be more responsible. We don’t run to neo-Nazi groups for comment on every racial controversy because we know two things: such groups only represent a small sliver of opinions, and giving racist groups media attention only helps them grow and spread.”

Related: Neo-Nazis respond to media skepticism about Sanford patrols by offering up a questionable source

Eric Deggans, Tampa Bay Times


How CNN homepage evolved with news of Zimmerman charges, arrest for Trayvon Martin shooting

Breaking news is often fluid, but journalists had time to plan Wednesday for news that George Zimmerman would likely face charges in the February shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Florida State Attorney Angela Corey scheduled a 6 p.m. press conference to announce her decision, during which the Top 10 news sites generally updated their homepage once or twice with either a new headline or new photo or both. Based on checks I did every 15 minutes or so, and screenshots I grabbed between 5:50 and 6:55, CNN was the only one of those sites to update the story headline and/or photo more than twice in that hour. Here's how its coverage progressed.
CNN's initial homepage story at 5:57 p.m. -- just before the news conference began -- relied on anonymous sources and photos of Zimmerman and Martin.
State Attorney Angela Corey, special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case, announces that George Zimmerman will be charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin during a news conference Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin as he walked home in Sanford, Fla. on Feb. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Wilson)

Special prosecutor in Trayvon Martin case: ‘The media has helped’

Florida State Attorney and special prosecutor Angela Corey praised journalists during the news conference in which she announced that George Zimmerman has been charged with murder in the second degree for the February 26th shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

"It is regrettable that so many facts and details got released and misconstrued," Corey said Wednesday evening. "But we hope that -- and the media has helped, toning it down a lot and making sure that people understand Florida law and the process. And we hope that people will continue to do that."

On CNN, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin noted that Florida's Sunshine laws mean cameras in the courtroom for Zimmerman's trial.

"This trial will be a trial by television," Toobin said. (more...)

The 10 things to do before Zimmerman charges are announced

State Attorney and special prosecutor Angela Corey is expected to announce today at 6 p.m. whether criminal charges will be filed against George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., in February. The Washington Post reports Read more


Media repeat, but don’t check, claims of armed neo-Nazis where Trayvon Martin was killed

A leader of a neo-Nazi group called the National Socialist Movement says his group has organized armed patrols of Sanford, Fla., the town where George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin.

“You can either be prepared or you can be blindsided,” NSM … Read more


Should journalists show support for Trayvon Martin, ask for Scott Walker’s recall?

Two separate incidents involving journalists who work for Gannett and ESPN have renewed attention to the issue of how journalists should exercise their right to free speech.

Earlier this week, editors and publishers at several Gannett papers said that its … Read more