Twitter Trumps Traditional Media in Discovery Hostage Crisis

Yesterday the media found itself in a breaking news situation when an armed man broke into the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland — Twitter users were able to break the news first. The story contained several alarming elements, including a large building filled with endangered employees, an unknown enemy and hostages. As The Washington Post pointed out, Twitter was the first place where not only words, but also telling images were released about the story’s various threads.