CNN Raises Question of Outrage over SI Cover by SHOWING the SI Cover

CNN’s Don Lemon raised the question of where the Sports Illustrated bikini issue shows too much. Of course, then the network goes on to show the cover of the magazine time after time after time.

This kind of thing happens a lot in journalism. Mainstream media don’t want to report tabloid’esque stories so they cluck their tongues at tabloids wondering if they have gone too far, and in so doing, report the tabloid story they said they were trying to avoid.

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Click on the image to watch the CNN segment from February 12, 2015

 

Brian Williams’ Problems Began With “I, Me, We, Our”

Here is an essay that may help help journalists think through the hazards of writing news in first-person. Let’s not try to write rules in stone about this. But know that first-person reporting carries both a hazard when it is used to glorify the reporter and an opportunity when that technique makes the story more believable and understandable.

Brian Williams’ problems began when he overused the technique to make himself appear bigger.

Brian Williams Realizes He Wasn’t In a Chopper Hit by an RPG as Claimed

Just listen to this story. Then read on.

Now, challenged by veterans who were there, Williams told Stars and Stripes he was NOT in the chopper that was hit by an RPG. In fact e didn’t arrive on the scene for another hour.

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 5.18.53 PMStars and Stripes reported:

The admission came after crew members on the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook that was hit by two rockets and small arms fire told Stars and Stripes that the NBC anchor was nowhere near that aircraft or two other Chinooks flying in the formation that took fire. Williams arrived in the area about an hour later on another helicopter after the other three had made an emergency landing, the crew members said.

 

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Should Journalists Publish the Name of Mass Shooting Suspects?

Well-meaning families of victims of the Aurora, Colorado theatre shootings are asking, maybe demanding that journalists not publish the names and photographs of suspects in mass shootings. They say withholding the information would take away incentives for killers who seek publicity.

click on the image to hear the story

click on the image to hear the story

Read this story I wrote for Poynter.org where I argue against the withholding of names and information in these cases.

GoPro About to Introduce Slo-Mo (Awesome!)

GizModo says it just got its hands on a GoPro with a firmware update on it that enables extreme slow motion video from GoPros. Wait until you see what they captured with the software update. The video below was captured at 240 frames per second then slowed to 24 frames per second for playback, so it is a 10x slow-mo.

GizModo reports:

The baddest action camera on the block is about to get even better. We just got an exclusive look at the first GoPro camera to capture silky smooth 240fps slow motion in glorious high definition. We’ve got the very first footage from a GoPro Hero4 equipped with a hot new firmware update that will bring that and much more. And I scored that footage at the Winter X Games this weekend while strapped to a snowboard.

Basically, if you have one of these cameras, you’re going to be psyched.

Until now, the Hero4 Black couldn’t do super smooth slow-mo and HD at the same time. When it launched, it was limited to 1080p video at 120 frames per second, 720p video at 120fps (as it was with the Hero3), or 480p at 240fps. This firmware update remedies that. The video above was all shot at 240 frames per second, and then slowed down to 24fps for the cinematic feel I like.:

A Lesson in Digging for the Truth

The CBC in Canada provides a nice lesson in sorting through claims to find truths.

For years we have been told that scientific studies show chocolate, especially the “dark” kind can be good for you.

But the CBC wanted to know who paid for those studies and what do they REALLY show?
The answers are that the chocolate industry paid for a lot of the most cited studies and the supposed benefits would be cooked right out of the chocolate in the prepping process.