From CBSNews.com, the chief of Brookfield police shows the media a photo of the shooter, Radcliffe Haughton.
Yesterday morning, I woke up, turned on CBS and started watching football. During the first or second commercial break, the CBS 58 news team broke in with the news that a man had shot up a spa in the Brookfield Mall, which is just 15 minutes from Marquette's campus.

Obviously, I was shocked, concerned, and saddened all at the same time. I was shocked that a man would choose to open fire in an outlet mall salon of all places. I was concerned that I was sitting in my dorm room just fifteen minutes away and had to go to a major public event (Marquette's volleyball game against Louisville) with the shooter still on the loose. I was saddened by the fate of the victims, especially as it was revealed later on that three women died.

The latest story CBS News released dealt with the confirmation that one of the people killed by Radcliffe Haughton's spree was in fact his ex-wife. The shooting apparently came after Haughton and his wife Zina had divorced and Zina had filed a restraining order against him.

The article had a link to a CBS 58 article which talked about a 2011 standoff between Haughton and police during a domestic dispute. The quote about the article from the CBS News story is almost comical out of context. "CBS Affiliate WDJT reports that a just-released criminal complaint details a stand-off that Radcliffe Haughton had with police in January 2011. The complaint said his wife called police after he started throwing her clothes outside and poured tomato juice on her car."

I mean really? Tomato juice? This guy seems like one of the funny nut-jobs, not somebody who would go and shoot up a spa. CBS News had other coverage of the shooting, perhaps yesterday's most compelling national news story. That included a video from the CBS Evening News which essentially was a straight hard news report on the proceedings. They also pushed a bunch of AP stories about the shooting to their website in order to have a wider breadth of content.

For me personally, this situation reminded me of this summer, when a Seattle man shot up a coffee shop ten minutes from my house in the U-District, which is generally considered one of the safer yet extremely urban areas of the city. It was terrifying knowing that a man who had essentially destroyed my peace of mind was loose and could potentially kill more people (he did kill another person while stealing her car later in the day). 

Both situations display senseless tragedies that could be prevented by some sort of mental health intervention and/or gun regulations. Murder is a part of l

For decades, Americans have crowded around the TV on Sunday nights to watch our nation's most popular news magazine, "60 Minutes," tell compelling stories that range from the most serious to the most enjoyable of topics. With that in mind, it makes tons of sense that CBSNews.com would use their most popular news program to tell stories on their website on Sunday nights. 

Naturally, the front page of CBS News advertised a story from the night's "60 Minutes" on the civil war in Syria. The link gives visitors the option to watch the TV spot and to read the transcript of the video as a news story. 

Additionally, CBS advertised another "60 Minutes" story from Sunday night about the success of James Bond on a global scale. The link leads visitors to a similar page as with the Syria story, with a transcript and option to watch the spot. This particular story also had a cool video feature of how the journalist who put the package together, Anderson Cooper, got to be James Bond for a day.

This kind of convergence is really good for websites nowadays. Linking up television content with online, and allowing the online half to expand on the TV half with more information is an extremely viable media tool in the changing media scene in today's world. 

CBS News can be hit or miss as far as attractive content is concerned, but at least for one night a week, they seem to have the interest of viewers and 
As I went in to decide what my favorite part of my beat website was, I did a double take. CBS News had completely changed their home page! The background, formerly dark, was now stark white. I was very confused.

So, as a result, it suddenly became very difficult for me to evaluate what part of CBS News was my favorite. 

However, one thing that remained the same about CBS is its awesome pictures. As I scroll down the website, a number of compelling photographs catch my eye. Here are a few examples:
This picture linked to an article about taxes rising sharply very soon. CBS News smartly used a graph as their picture to draw in numbers oriented readers who would probably find this story more compelling.
This picture links to a gallery of photos of Alexandra Kogut, an 18 year old college student in New York who was found beaten to death in her dorm room. The gallery also shows pictures of the suspect in custody. Assumably, the photos were pulled off of the girls' Facebook page.
This picture pisses me off. First of all, Europe shouldn't have won the Ryder Cup. I devoted most of my weekend to watching the tournament that absolutely broke my heart in the end. But this compelling picture of Jose Maria Olazabal kissing Lee Westwood brings in even non-sports fans would notice and possibly click on. It also depicts a man kissing another man, which could evoke some controversy and is a bold decision.

Overall, the photos on CBS News make it a top end news site. In an era of short attention spans, the quality of the photography on CBS turn viewers into readers.


    Patrick Leary is a Seattlite studying journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He writes the volleyball beat for the Marquette Tribune and loves the Seattle Mariners.


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