New media led coverage of Michael Jackson's death

06/28/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The death of Michael Jackson was a front-page event, but it was the Web site TMZ -- not traditional media -- that broke the news and social media that spread it first, according to the Los Angeles Times. Major television networks refrained from publishing the news until well after fans had overwhelmed Twitter with messages about about Jackson's passing.

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