Joplin Globe's Facebook page links tornado survivors with family, friends

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Globe enterprise editor Scott Meeker says the paper decided to start its Tornado Survivors page Sunday night after staffers noticed people were beginning to post missing persons reports on the Globe’s main Facebook site. “It just took off almost immediately,” he says. “We were getting inundated with families requesting information or trying to get out information for their loved ones.” Reading the posts is "heart-wrenching,” he notes. “It’s a lot of individual stories, and a lot of them are not going to end happily.”

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    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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