During a Chaotic Night, Dallas Morning News Forced to Deliver Updates in Unconventional Ways

Amid an unfolding crisis, Dallas’s largest news source faced a crisis of its own.

An hour or so after shots were heard Thursday night in downtown Dallas, the Dallas Morning News’s websitecrashed. That left thousands of readers from around the world unable to access its coverage of the shooting that killed five police officers and left seven more people injured.

What’s more, the shooting unfolded just a few blocks from the News’s downtown offices, leading to a lockdown of the building. At one point, police feared that one of the gunmen had holed up in a hotel next door to the paper. For a time, Mike Wilson, the News’s editor, was unable to reenter his own workplace.

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