Category At Work

Baltimore Police Remove Photojournalist

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Sun’s photo editor, Chris Asaaf, was physically moved from outside of a police line. They have a gallery of images taken by colleague Lloyd Fox that show the confrontation.

The Poynter Institute has background information on previous confrontations in Baltimore.

Working With Trains

There was a tragedy here in Georgia last month – a production company was filming on a railroad bridge when a train came through killing a 27-year-old camera assistant. The Hollywood Reporter has a look at what happened – and what went very, very wrong.

From the story:

CSX, the Florida-based railway company that owns the tracks, easement and trestle where Jones died, told the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in the early hours of the investigation that it never granted Midnight Rider’s producers permission to film on the tracks in the first place.

“According to the CSX employee,” Sgt. Ben Robertson wrote in a report obtained by the media, “the production company had previously been denied permission to film on the trestle, and there was electronic correspondence to verify that fact.” Robertson’s report noted that a member of Miller’s crew, when asked whether permission was granted, replied, “It’s complicated.”

It’s not that complicated – if you’re trespassing, if you haven’t controlled every situation, you are responsible for what happens.

Making images on train tracks has been a rage for a long time – it has to stop. Same for movies and videos.

Why Situational Awareness Matters

I would like to think that I’m pretty good at paying attention to what’s happening around me. As a journalist, that power to observe was a key component of my mental tool kit. It can also be an important survival tool as one Philadelphia television reporter almost found out.

The fact that neither he nor his photojournalist had the foresight to realize this could happen is troubling. One chunk of ice in there ant Steve Keeley isn’t finishing his standup.

Big Changes in Orlando

Reports coming out from the National Press Photographers Associaiton that the Orlando Sentinel has told all of its staff photojournalists they have until tomorrow to reapply for new jobs that are much more video-centric.

While the need to produce more video is certainly there, is this the best path? To threaten job loss? Wouldn’t a progress policy of training be better?

It is possible, of course, that they tried to do that and failed, I suppose.

Burnett in Sochi

One of my heroes, David Burnett, was featured on the Olympics broadcast tonight.

I want to hang around with him …

Alumn Goes Viral

Sometimes, opening email is a pure joy … Jon-Michael Sullivan, a 2010 graduate of our program at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and now on staff at the Augusta Chronicle, sent me a note about a video he posted in September telling the story of a 70 year old body builder. Normally, I’d embed the video, but you need to go look at it on YouTube to see the number of plays – currently, 1,274,532.

Yes, you read that right – he’s approaching 1.3 MILLION views.

For a JOURNALISM piece.

It can happen.

The video was apparently shared on Reddit – still, wicked cool.

Of course, I have to ask, why is it linked to YouTube and not the Chronicle’s site?

What CNN Wants Next

Great two part interview with CNN’s Victor Hernandez over at by Michael Depp that looks at how the future is being seen. The second part is focused on what CNN is looking for in new hires:

We’re increasingly looking at things like an individual’s digital portfolio and what they’re doing with social media and how active they are on the big ones like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I’ve had resumes come to me that tout individuals’ Klout scores, how many Foursquare mayorships they have or how many Twitter followers they have, and these weren’t for social media positions, but standard editorial positions.

[We’re looking for] multimedia skills; understanding convergence journalism; understanding the opportunities as they evolve between the screens; people who can think about data visualizations, Web interactives and pop-up video maps for the Web while they’re producing video content for broadcast; also [people] thinking about mobile audiences and working with our mobile team so we can take advantage of opportunities there. These are all critical skills.

(Thanks to colleague Barry Hollander for the link.)

“One must not think about doing things in life, one must do them.”

For those who don’t know his work, Don McCullin has been one of the preeminent war photographers of the last half century. While his work has moved away from the dark days of conflict, his newer work is still stunningly good.

As a tease, here’s a three minute interview with him done by Alfred Dunhill …

This next piece is what my friend Greg Mironchuk calls a piece of crass commercialism, but it’s fascinating – McCullin is shown experiencing a digital camera for the first time. Be aware that it’s a Canon camera and this was posted by Canon Europe, so he leans towards loving it.

But there are moments of great insight into who he is, the work he has done and how it has affected him.

One must not think about doing things in life, one must do them.

The Big Break

NPR’s Morning Edition has a short piece up on Bill O’Leary’s big break at the Washington Post – an image of Mayor Marion Barry being led in handcuffs.

The End of (These) Times

As I am trying to wrap up this semester (still have gigabytes to go …), I really want to start thinking about what we’ll be doing next semester. Before I can do that, though, there’s a little physical and virtual cleaning around the office spaces that needs to get done. Over at ProfHacker, Natalie Houston’s post on 12 Ways to Wrap Up Your Semester is a pretty good outline on what I need to get done.

Now to find the time … and maybe the will.