One week ago, Sapna Maheshwari of the Washington Post published a story about the shooting of Trayvon Martin, and how his death led to a “hoodie movement.” The story touches on some background info, but focuses mainly on the “One Million Hoodies for Trayvon” Facebook group.

Circumstances aside (the shooting is tragic, of course, regardless of what actually happened), this is essentially a news post about a Facebook group – something that any kid in middle school knows how to construct. There is an attempt to fill the story with some padding, as evidenced by the “historical” hoodie information and a few graphs about fashion.

What this article shows, journalistically, is how society can dictate what journalists do or don’t cover. By simply posting a picture of oneself in a hoodie, this movement is pieced together, gains traction, and eventually become national news. This is a fine example that journalists don’t just use social media, they are influenced (used?) by it too.

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