The American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) is asking members and friends to step up the pressure on the NCAA and on college presidents to do something about the way journalists are being treated at sporting events.
The journalists say they are being pushed further away from the action, they are having trouble getting credentials and social media are having an even tougher time.
Read this letter to the NCAA urging the NCAA to sit down and talk about the matter, which ASNE says has not gotten a response.
While bullets were still flying between police and police killer Christopher Dorner, the San Bernardino DA issued this request:
While some media did comply, others didn’t because they could not get a clear answer for the reason behind the request. For example, was there some reason to believe Twitter posts were more dangerous than the live police and radio coverage underway?
KPCC Public Radio collected these posts:
The Orange County Register said that was not the only press/police clash Tuesday:
First, as helicopters circled above the sight of the standoff between Dorner and law enforcement, officials asked news helicopters to move farther from the scene. Second, about the time the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office sent a message on Twitter saying, “The sheriff has asked all members of the press to stop tweeting immediately. It is hindering officer safety.” A few hours later, the tweet was removed.
Disagreements between press and police over access to crime scenes are common, but very few draw as much public attention as the Dorner case did. Such clashes are to be expected when two organizations come into the same workspace with very different goals. In fact, many reporters carry laminated cards citing the California law that permits press access to help press their case in such instances.
News agencies responded differently to Tuesday’s requests. News helicopters voluntarily moved farther from the scene of the shootout before they were officially banned from within five miles of the cabin. Both KCBS/2 and sister station KCAL/9 complied with the no-tweeting request, although they did not pause in the rest of their coverage. The Press-Enterprise in Riverside said it would stop tweeting, then later clarified to say “We are going to tweet broad, non-tactical details, as per the San Bernardino DA’s request.” Most other news organizations simply ignored the request.
The result was a fountain of Twitter messages accusing law enforcement trying to hide information and the press of playing into their hands. Typical was a tweet from user @HellaBootsy, who wrote, “so because the police ordered the press away from the scene, we’ll never know if #dorner tried to surrender.”
Later, Dorner’s death in the cabin was confirmed by unnamed authorities and widely reported by news organizations, and then withdrawn, an act that merely inflamed the suspicious.
See this story from Poynter.org
The Center for Investigative Reporting has produced a video, animated version of the hottest story of the week, Esquire’s “The Shooter” story. It is a first-person accounting from the man who shot Osama bin Laden. (WARNING: contains extremely graphic NSFW language) but this piece points us to a different way to tell what normally would be a seven page print piece.
-How does the animation change your understanding of the story compared to text?
-How does the narrator’s tone, pace and emphasis fit with your own interpretation when you read the Esquire story?
-How did the music affect your understanding of the story?
NOTE: Stars and Stripes is highly critical of the Esquire story, saying it does not understand what benefits are available to “the shooter” and others.
Esquire, stung by Stars and Stripes, now says the online version is not as complete as the printed version and made and error of omission by not accurately reporting the benefits that are due the “shooter.”
This is a lesson in the power of social media. It may also be a lesson in the responsible use of social media, a lesson in privacy and in corporate use of social media.
A St. Louis minister touched it off when she scribbled a protest on a restaurant bill, saying she gives 10% to God who why should she be paying an 18% tip to a waitress?
Another server saw the receipt and took a picture of it. She posted it on Reddit.com. The next day the pastor heard the posting had gone red-hot viral and complained to the restaurant. Applebees fired the waitress who posted the photo.
Then the firing story went viral and all hell broke loose. Reddit, Twitter and Facebook pages were flooded with cries to re-hire the waitress and Applebees has repeatedly tried to explain itself only digging deeper and deeper holes.
Here is a detailed and documented step-by-step of how this story has unfolded (so far.) It is a great case study for :
-students to consider the responsible use of social media, especially where privacy is an issue
-employers who have or should have a clear standard for employee use of social media
-companies who have to be nimble in responding to a fast spreading viral campaign
You know the top two–Twitter and Facebook. But what comes next?
Click here to see the rest of the list. I suspect you have not heard of many of these but millions, tens of millions of others worldwide have. I am most surprised that MySpace is still so large.
How many on the list have you sampled?
How could you use these other large and emerging technologies in your journalism and teaching?