Category At Work

More Info on Business Practices

Alum Dylan Wilson sent along a link to a post by Robert Seale on business practice for photographers, a very good read.

Towards the end Seale has a list of books you must own, I’ll add one more that’s due out this summer – John Harrington’s More Best Business Practices for Photographers. Harrington talked about this book at the NPPA’s Northern Short Course last month and I’ve already preordered it. This is not an update but a new book and it will have a stellar section on the mechanics of registering images with the copyright office – that alone will be worth the $25 for you.

AP Photojournalist Shot in Afghanistan

Sad news – Associated Press photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus was, essentially, executed in Afghanistan. Reporter Kathy Gannon was also shot while sitting in a car stopped along a roadside.

The two were traveling with election workers in a convoy that had stopped when a man walked up to the car and opened fire.

No Job for a Woman

PosterThursday night, PBS will be premiering No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII and it will feature Dickie Chapelle. I have my DVR set, so should you.

After watching the trailer for it, I spotted this piece, Pioneering Women War Correspondents, that includes Margaret Bourke White and Chapelle, as well. Worth 14 minutes of your time today.

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 NetNewsCheck.com 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.)