For most of 2017, I have been working with Matt Waite, the founder of the University of Nebraska Drone Journalism Lab and Mickey Osterreicher, the general counsel of the National Press Photographers Association helping journalists learn to safely and legally fly drones. The three of us, along with Jon Resnick of DJI and Dr, Katy Culver of the University Wisconsin, have drafted a set of drone journalism guidelines that we hope will help you navigate your way through a tangle of local, state and federal concerns about the future of this technology.
It was a stunning image, if only it had been real.
In this article that I wrote for Poynter.org, I explain why the image is problematic and why NPPA’s president said it is “not journalism.”
The main question the dust-up raises for journalists is “how much disclosure is enough when you are presenting an image that isn’t real?” Is it enough to call it an illustration? A compilation? A composite? Or do we owe the reader a full explanation of how we did what we did and that this is not really what happened, but instead it is made up?
In emergency coverage after Hurricane Harvey, newsrooms were pushing photojournalists and every other newsroom employee to find stories and report them. Get on the air, get online, get on social media, but capture the story and tell people about it. In this story that I wrote for Poynter.org, I explain how one Houston TV station tapped the skills of photojournalists to go live on the air and explain what they were seeing.
An app called Zillo is making it easier for journalists to track rescues and emergencies in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
This app is something like a walkie-talkie only it uses your phone. So up to 2,000 people can be in a group and talk without dialing a number or testing.
You can set up an infinite number of channels– each one specific to a need. So rescuers in Port Arthur have a channel, rescuers in a boat have a channel, animal rescuers have a channel. Let me walk you through this and give you a demo.
I always teach that the best stories provide both context and close-up examples. This story from WTVF in Nashville does that. It was a story that every TV station everywhere covered somehow so it is hard to find a way to make your story stand out. But this story includes stunning images, authentic characters and vibrant writing that does not get in the way of the story.
WTVF (Nashville) photojournalist Nathan Sharkey didn’t think there was much of a chance his local TV station would air an eight-minute essay about a local psychiatrist who works with the homeless population. When his news director saw the story she said “run it.”
I asked Nathan a series of questions:
WTVF-Nashville photojournalist Nathan Sharkey didn’t think there was much of a chance that his station would air an eight minute project he compiled on the connection between homelessness and mental illness.
The station did. And it is a moving and thoughtful work.