writer Kristen Hinman broke the story
of how the Suburban Journals
laid off Todd Smith
-- the reporter shot last year in the Kirkwood City Hall massacre
that eventually left seven people dead.
Since Tuesday afternoon, Hinman's post has exploded online. And while Hinman is too modest to boast about her scoop, I will.
The story has found second lives on Gawker
, Fark, Digg, journalism blog Romenesko
and dozens of other media. This afternoon the Washington Post
's media columnist Howard Kurtz
called Hinman out of the blue to tell her that he tweeted
about the item today and got mad responses.
That message preceded an e-mail later this afternoon from a New York Times
reporter saying that the "Old Grey Lady" is now planning to follow the story.
So, if you haven't read the Hinman's original piece, do yourself a favor. Check it out here