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No one knows for sure if the Boston Marathon bombings were terrorist attacks, but there are signs pointing in that direction. If so, this would be the first terrorist attack in the US since 9/11.

A lot has changed since 2001, especially how we consume news. Back then, people turned on their TVs or read the papers. Twelve years later, we look to social media for the latest scoops. After all, when the phone lines are down and the newsrooms are scrambling, social media offers instant gratification.

The first news I got about the bombings were from Facebook. I go to Boston University and most of my Facebook friends are in Boston. I’m studying abroad in Paris. When the news broke, no one knew what was going on. I remember going to Yahoo and watching a live broadcast, but it gave little information. My friends on Facebook posted nonstop about what they saw or heard. The same went for Twitter. Ultimately, I got most of the news through social media. It was faster and more direct.

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Briana Seftel

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2013-04-17 13:39

The Phoenix
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The closure follows several hardships for the publication. Last year the Phoenix Media Group pulled alt-rock station 101.7 WFNX off the air, moving the property online. Last August, the publishers announced that the paper itself would merge with sister publication Stuff Magazine to become a magazine. Re-branding its content in the hopes of attracting the valuable advertisers, The Phoenix didn't get the national advertisers it needed. 

Publisher Stephen M. Mindich released a statement yesterday, citing the economic crisis of 2007 and media changes as the reasons for the closure. He says:

“These have been extremely difficult times for our Company and despite the valiant effort by many, many past and current staff to attempt to stabilize and, in fact, reverse our significant financial losses, we have been unable to do so and they are no longer sustainable.”

The news of the abrupt closure came as a shock to the staff, as they were at work on the next issue. Editor-in-chief Carly Carioli lamented the absence of a proper closure for the magazine, but praised the dedication of its readers.

“We didn't suffer from declining readership, online or in print -- only declining revenue.”

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Briana Seftel

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2013-03-15 13:22

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