CT Reporters Cover Murder Trial Via Twitter

By Andrew Gauthier 

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The New York Times

Dr. William A. Petit Jr., whose wife and daughters were killed by two intruders in Cheshire, Conn., took the witness stand. It was one of the most expectantly intense moments of the three-week long trial of one of two defendants in the case. Every seat in the courtroom was taken.

No television cameras were there to record the scene, but people around the state and beyond in offices and family rooms still followed every word. The medium? Twitter. Half a dozen reporters for mainstream Connecticut newspapers and television stations clicked out reports of up to 140 characters on iPads, smart phones and laptops. More…