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How the Death of Michael Jackson Proved the Need for Quality Journalism December 22, 2009

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The Guardian’s Digital Content Blog picked up the awesome graphic linked to below. It shows the visits made to the New York Times’ website over the course of the entire 24 hour day June 25, 2009. This day is notable because of the death of Michael Jackson, and if you watch the time closely, you can see the spikes in visits in the minutes following the breaking of the news by TMZ.com, where people went to the New York Times site for confirmation, or more credible reporting. The Guardian uses this as proof that even with the seemingly unlimited access to news from all kinds of sites, there is still a need for reliable journalistic reporting. Whether you agree or not, you must admit, this is a neat visualization of the data. Do you remember how you heard about Michael Jackson’s death? Where did you go to find news coverage?

The New York Times site traffic, World View, June 25, 2009 from Nick Bilton on Vimeo.