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Cops catch copper thief in old Seattle Times building

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A copper thief skulking around the former headquarters of The Seattle Times was busted Saturday morning after workers at soup restaurant in the building complained their water had mysteriously shut off, John de Leon writes for The Seattle Times.

The culprit? A man with “crescent wrench, pipe cutter, pliers, wire snips, a utility knife, two flashlights and a set of keys” who was “gathering up a pile of copper pipes” underneath the restaurant, according to The Seattle Times. The man was arrested and booked for investigation of burglary.

The Seattle Times sold its longtime headquarters on 1120 John St. in 2013 for $29 million. The staff has occupied an office building at 1000 Denny Way since 2011. Read more

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Friday, Sep. 19, 2014

Career Beat: Keith Jenkins becomes general manager at National Geographic Digital

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Kirstine Stewart is now vice president of North America media partnerships at Twitter. Previously, she was head of Twitter’s presence in Canada. (Recode)
  • George Rodrigue is now assistant news director at WFAA in Dallas. Previously, he was managing editor at The Dallas Morning News. (Romenesko)
  • Keith Jenkins is now general manager at National Geographic Digital. Previously, he was National Geographic’s director of digital photography and executive editor for digital content. (National Geographic)
  • Julianne Escobedo Shepherd will be culture editor at Jezebel. She is an instructor at Tisch School of the Arts and a contributor to Rookie. Jia Tolentino is now features editor at Jezebel. Previously, she was a contributing editor at The Hairpin. Clover Hope is now a staff writer at Jezebel. Previously, she was a deputy editor at Vibe. (Jezebel)
  • Robert Jordan is now a journalist-in-residence at the University of Chicago. He is a reporter and anchor at WGN in Chicago. (Robert Feder)
  • Sam Schlinkert will be associate social media editor at BuzzFeed. Previously, he was deputy social media editor at The Daily Beast. (@sts10)

Job of the day: The Idaho Mountain Express is looking for an arts and events editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

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Crowdsourcing during a crisis has its drawbacks

With all the talk of database journalism and mapping data, one would think crowdmapping would be taking off. But, it’s unclear how useful the practice is for journalists, especially with data collected in dangerous humanitarian crises, like the one in Syria.

There are success stories. Crowdmapping software Ushahidi immediately comes to mind. It gained popularity in 2008 when the software was used to map the fallout of the post-election violence in Kenya.

The Ushahidi software was celebrated for its ability to synthesize and geotag user-generated content in a simple way. It’s been used to map casualties in South Sudan, provide critical humanitarian information during the earthquake in Haiti and, most recently, to map out casualties in the Syrian war.

But data reporters and social scientists are still experimenting with how to verify the data on crowdsourced maps, to present clean, reliable information. Susan McGregor, assistant director of Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, thinks journalists are still adapting to the concept of using, visualizing and verifying data, let alone crowdsourcing it. “We are better at reading physical cues. We can judge if someone is trustworthy face-to-face,” she said. “The bandwidth of text is very narrow.”

That may be one reason why – despite their cachet among data journalists – early crowdsourced maps have not drawn much of an audience, according to a report from the nonprofit, Internews. Journalists are also grappling with how to minimize the risks to the people putting sensitive information into such a public space.

The Challenges of Mapping Syria

Taha Kass-Hout encountered these challenges when he created Humanitarian Tracker over three years ago. Kass-Hout, who is trained in biostatistics and also has an MD, hoped to create a platform for witnesses of crises to report on them directly through a secure Internet portal. He works with a team of volunteer social scientists to visualize data and verify user-generated content on crisis in the world.

For one project in particular, called Syria Tracker, this team has used tweets, videos and photos from sources on the ground to crowdmap the extensive casualties of Syria’s civil war.

SyriaTracker (screenshot of their site)

SyriaTracker (screenshot of their site)


But the dangerous nature of the conflict makes it difficult to verify reliable sources, said Katie Lee, a data scientist who works with Humanitarian Tracker. When transparent governments collect reliable information and when multiple journalists are present, it’s far easier to verify information.

in Syria, though, there are few ways to double-check information on the ground. “When you have things like sniper attacks, artillery and gunfire which are the top leading cause of death of women in Syria, I think that’s where the line gets a little blurry,” Lee said.

Chart showing civilian targeting. Click to enlarge. (Graphic courtesy of Taha Kass-Hout from Syria Tracker)

Chart showing civilian targeting. Click to enlarge. (Graphic courtesy of Taha Kass-Hout from Syria Tracker)


It’s taught the team to trust few citizen journalists in the country. “Out of the 600-plus reporters [who have posted] over the past few years, we consider about a dozen of those to be credible,” Kass-Hout said. As a result, they’ve only published about 5,000 of the more than 80,000 reports they’ve received on anything from casualties, to chemical weapons use, to sexual assault.

But, these trusted sources place themselves at a significant risk to transmit data to Kass-Hout. Governments around the world monitor the Internet and could take reprisals against a citizen who puts sensitive information on a crisis crowdmap. “Along the way, we have lost reporters. We get reports from them for months and months and then we stop getting reports from them,” Kass-Hout said. He rarely finds out why.

Syria Tracker encourages reporters to not give their names and to use encryption software such as Tor to protect their identity online. Still, some slip through the cracks. “At least we know that we did our part to make sure that they’re protected,” Kass-Hout said.

Lara Setrakian, a former foreign correspondent and founder of the news aggregator Syria Deeply, thinks that the verification process should be even more stringent for both citizen and mainstream media journalists compared to that of some of the advocacy-based crowdmaps.

Crowdmap from SyriaDeeply. Click to enlarge (Screenshot courtsey of SyriaDeeply)

Crowdmap from SyriaDeeply. Click to enlarge (Screenshot courtsey of SyriaDeeply)


The data presented on Syria Deeply’s crowdmap comes only from well-vetted sources – the Violations Documentation Center, an activist-run group that collects data on human rights abuses based in Syria, for casualties, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The VDC has a network of their own reporters on the ground to report the casualty figures. The data then gets crosschecked with other reports from Syria documenting similar cases. The UNHCR also has its own strict verification process and functions largely in the refugee camps outside of Syria.

Setrakian is skeptical of the value of crowdsourced data that does not go through as rigorous a verification process, especially in a conflict as polarized as the one in Syria. “Do I trust someone who hates Bashar Al-Assad to report in an unbiased way? Not really,” she said.

Thus the crowdmap at Syria Deeply remains more of an experiment than a core part of its reporting. It doesn’t have the same crowdsourced roots that many other Ushahidi maps have, presenting less total information. “I think it would be most effective in those quantitative measures, in those spaces where you have numbers that need to be collected,” Setrakian said. “Can we visualize the location of bakeries, how about the price of bread? Things that are depoliticized.”

The crowdmap designed by Women Under Siege, a group that works to document rape and sexual assault in conflict situations, has a more concrete purpose. The map aggregates reports of sexual assault from citizen journalists, mainstream media and non-governmental organizations. Lauren Wolfe, director of Women Under Siege, said she hopes that there will be a war tribunal to try the atrocities taking place in Syria once the civil war is over – and that the group’s crowdmap could be used as evidence to contribute to justice.

Most of the reports are listed as unverified, though, in contrast with journalistic standards. Still, Wolfe considers the work she does to be journalism. “We are reporting every case we come across, impartially, whether the perpetrators are allegedly government or rebel forces,” she said. “I believe in journalism for the public good and if some people want to call that advocacy, fine. It’s not what I call it,” she said.

From a legal standpoint, gathering evidence and testimony through crowdmapping is still a relatively new and untested method said Dinah PoKempner, the general counsel for Human Rights Watch.

The anonymous nature of the reports would make it particularly hard to go back and gather testimony, PoKempner said. “Rape is an inordinately difficult crime to get any kind of report on,” PoKempner said, due to the difficulty of gathering biological proof of the crime.

That doesn’t mean she thinks the endeavor has no validity. A critical mass of reports may in fact be enough to convince a judge that targeted sexual assault did occur in Syria. “There’d be a probability that at least some of [the reporting] was done in good faith,” PoKempner said. In the meantime, it’s up to the readers to decide whether they view the unverified testimonies as sufficient evidence.

The Future of Crowdmapping

Anahi Ayala has been studying crowdmapping since its inception as a part of the Internews Center for Innovation and Learning. Their research culminated in a report, called “Mapping the Maps,” [when] where they looked at who actually used the information available on crowdsourced maps and the most effective kinds of data that can be presented.

In their study, Internews found some of the same issues as the Syria crowdmappers – data was difficult to verify, or the projects simply weren’t able to stand on their own. Fewer than a third of the people who put information on a crisis crowdmap felt that it actually delivered a message heard by policymakers.

It also served little purpose to Syrians on the ground. “If I was a Syrian in Syria, it’s not really going to help me out,” she said about many of the Syria mapping projects that exist. “If I have to go online and I have 30 minutes to spare, I’ll probably check a lot of other information than a crowdmap on Syrian casualties.”

The Tow Center’s Susan McGregor disagrees. “It has the potential to explore a greater diversity of voices,” McGregor said, explaining that crowdmapping can be another tool for empowerment to citizen journalists. “The act of [reporting] is actually the objective [in some cases].”

But, she thinks it’s only a matter of time before crowdmapping and crowdsourcing in general becomes a more accepted reporting tool in North American journalism. While there are some superficial differences, she says the challenges of verification faced by crowdmappers aren’t that different from the challenges most reporters face. “It’s a lot of the same strategies you would use [in reporting] in-person.” Read more

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Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

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Video: Vox’s Yuri Victor started out in economics, ‘got drunk and became a journalist’

Yuri Victor, Senior UX Designer at Vox.Com, was at The Poynter Institute to give a TedX talk about creating efficient newsrooms. After his talk, he answered questions about how he got into journalism and what it means to him.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

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Cell Sets Fire to Pillow, Story Sets Fire to TV Station Website

A news report about a small fire with no injuries took the internet by storm last week. The question is why.

The story is about a Dallas area teen who says her cellphone caught fire beneath her pillow as she slept

The teen went to sleep with her Samsung Galaxy S4 under her pillow and awoke to a smouldering mess, according to KDFW, a Dallas-Fort Worth Fox affiliate. The father of the teen told KDFW he thinks the phone battery may have caused the meltdown, Samsung says the battery was not an original part but was a replacement unit.

The video has generated more than 1.1 million YouTube Views, 4 million page views on the station’s website and generated even more for the other Fox owned and operated stations that posted the story.  Until now, the station’s YouTube record stood at 27,000. KDFW Consumer reporter Steve Noviello says he has never seen anything like it, but says there are some solid reasons for its success.

“The story is easy to relate to and pulls on those ‘holy grail’ elements that news consumers love- ‘Your Children, Your Safety, Your Stuff,’” he said.

Photo Courtesy KDFW Dallas

Photo Courtesy KDFW Dallas

And he says he wrote the online story in a way that he thought would appeal to that audience differently than the TV story. “The way I posted the story was very deliberate- in addition to shooting video, I snapped some cellphone pics.  When it came time to post I did so with the cell photos not the standard generic news logo or freeze frame from the package.” Noviello says the Fox stations that used the snapshot photo as their lead image saw about double the return as those that used a freeze-frame from the story.

Stations often don’t post news stories on YouTube preferring instead to drive viewers to station website pages. But YouTube does offer compensation from a share of advertising revenue it generates in pre-roll ads on popular videos.

Noviello said the large YouTube viewership helped the online site. “We didn’t get wrapped up in where the traffic was going,  only that it was flowing.  This ‘viral’ was a first for us and the data is very useful.  As opposed to trying to ‘direct’ all traffic back to our website to make the folks upstairs in sales happy, we got it out there and watched the rising tide lift all boats.” In short, he said, we stopped trying to force the viewer to come to where “we are” but tried to reach them where they are.

Noviello said 65 percent of the 1 million plus YouTube views were from mobile phones.

I had to ask why Noviello believed the story to be real. “We did another story some time back about lithium ion batteries and I have had hundreds of e-mails from people who tell me their batteries get hot. It has included everything from phones to e-cigarettes and baby monitors,” so the story of the phone fire beneath a pillow was not a big surprise.

That safety issue is not just a scare tactic.  A Pew Research report says most teens sleep with their cell phones. And it is not just a “teen thing.” Pew says 65% of adults say they sleep with their phones in the bed or next to the bed too. “Samsung does warn you not to put your phone in your bed, but the warning is on page 208 of the phone’s user manual,” Noviello said.  When he wrote the story summary Noviello mentioned the buried warning saying,  “13-year-old sleeps while her cell phone smolders under her pillow.  The manufacturer points to a warning you’ve likely never read.”

Noviello is producing additional stories about battery safety. “The stories we are hearing about are not all replacement batteries.” The Consumer Product Safety Commission set standards in 2007 but today’s electronics are different from older devices. The question arises about whether the old standards should apply to today’s equipment.

For newsrooms, especially TV newsrooms, this story goes against conventional wisdom about what kind of video will generate the most online traffic. The conventional wisdom and experience is that raw or nearly raw sensational video of spot news or oddities are the viral traffic winners. But this story is a completely packaged news story that ran online just as it aired on TV. The lesson seems to be that new and compelling content attracts viewers.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

News sites ‘still shackled by their print past’; plus, the Oregonian’s digital ‘double-edged sword’

Here’s our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day, and from Kristen Hare, a world roundup):

— At TheMediaBriefing, Henry Taylor explores why “newspaper websites are still shackled by their print past.”

— The Oregonian has “been accused of setting up page-spinning daily output/blog quotas for its staff,” Ken Doctor writes at Nieman Lab. “No doubt that’s been a double-edged sword. There is a greater news intensity, and The Oregonian is on top of areas it wasn’t on top of before. Meanwhile, readers say that in other areas, coverage is noticeably decreased, and sometimes just missing.”

— Twitter’s vice president of international market development, Katie Stanton, will become the company’s new vice president of global media, Andrew Wallenstein reports at Variety. Chloe Sladden, formerly head of media, left Twitter last month.

— Intrusive “high-impact” ads like those that take over your screen when you visit a website’s homepage are on the rise this year, Lucia Moses writes at Digiday.

— From Russell Brandom at The Verge: Facebook’s better at facial recognition than the FBI.

— Beacon Reader, the journalism crowdfunding site, now allows readers to support topics like climate change, Mathew Ingram explains at GigaOM.


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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

From the archives: Sig Gissler, Pulitzer administrator 2002-2014

Sig Gissler, left, is toasted by Seymour Topping during a reception honoring Gissler's appointment as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes Thursday April 18, 2002, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Sig Gissler, left, is toasted by Seymour Topping during a reception honoring Gissler’s appointment as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes in 2002, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Sig Gissler announced his retirement as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes in January. He served in the position since 2002. Here’s a look back at Poynter’s archives on Gissler and the Pulitzers during his time.

2004: No feature winner

In 2004, Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark wrote about the Pulitzer Board’s decision not to name a feature winner.

When I first heard that the Pulitzer Board had not awarded a prize in feature writing this year, I assumed the worst. I figured that scandal fatigue had filled board members with paranoia, that members were arguing about the lack of transparency in stories – to use the word of the day – about sourcing and attribution.

My fears, I am happy to report, were unfounded.

2005: A view from the inside and support from online

In 2005, Jim Romenesko reported for Poynter that online material could be submitted in support of entries.

“It’s a very significant change,” says Pulitzer Prize administrator Sig Gissler. “This reflects the growing importance of online content, but, at the same time, print remains very important, and I think the Pulitzer competition now reflects a blend of print and online, which is what most newspapers are seeking to achieve these days.”

Roy J. Harris Jr. reported for Poynter from The World Room at Columbia University, where the Pulitzers are announced.

While the overall process of disseminating information on the year’s prizes is much higher-tech these days, Monday it still seemed like the 1950s in the World Room.

“Let’s pass out the press kits and sprinkle fairy dust on people and change their lives forever,” said Pulitzer Prize administrator Sig Gissler in welcoming the 40-person press corps. Then, he declared a 20-minute break for phoned-in reports.

2008: The rise of the web

In April of this year, Jonathan Dube spoke with Gissler and wrote for Poynter about the growing presence of reporting on the web in the prizes.

What lessons have you learned about online journalism from observing the online work included in the Pulitzer entries over the past few years?

Gissler: We’re on the right track. Our competition is for the blended newspaper, part online, part in print.This reflects where the industry is and where it is continuing to head.

2009: Changing rules for entries

In 2009, Jim Romenesko reported for Poynter about changes for online entries. From the press release:

The requirement sometimes excluded possibly promising entries — notably by online columnists, critics and bloggers — because of the nature of their Web affiliation, according to Sig Gissler, administrator of the Prizes.

“The revised rule will provide more flexibility as we focus on the merit of an entry rather than the mission of the Web site where it appeared,” Gissler said.

Also this year, Gissler tightened up leaks about the awards, Roy J. Harris Jr. reported for Poynter.

Regulars among the ever-changing jury panels noted that Pulitzer Prize Administrator Sig Gissler’s increasingly fervid secrecy campaign simply might have achieved peak success this year.

“Sig has been saying that the spreading of rumors can create false hopes and can generate lobbying,” said Philadelphia Inquirer editor Bill Marimow, a juror in the public-service category in 2008 and this year in a category he wouldn’t disclose. Jurors took “a solemn oath,” he said, “which was signed en masse.”

2011: No breaking news winner

In 2011, there was no Pulitzer winner for breaking news. Poynter’s Al Tompkins wrote about the prizes that year.

“While it is the first time that we did not have a winner in this category, it is the 25th time the Board has not awarded a Prize in a category,” said Sig Gissler, Pulitzer Prize administrator.

Later that year, Julie Moos reported for Poynter on changes to the definition for the breaking news category to emphasize real-time breaking news. All submissions would also now be sent in digitally.

Gissler said by email: “Looking ahead, we don’t expect every entry to be so elaborate but the Seattle package does point in the right direction — namely, swift use of available tools to tell a breaking story. At this point, we don’t have other examples to offer.”

2013: First freelance photographer wins a Pulitzer in 17 years

Javier Manzano won for feature photography, Mallary Jean Tenore reported for Poynter, and the win marked the first for a freelancer in 17 years.

Freelancers have won Pulitzer prizes in the past, but not nearly as often as full-time journalists have. Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler told Poynter that it’s been 17 years since a freelance photographer won a Pulitzer. (Two freelance photographers — Charles Porter IV and Stephanie Welsh — won in 1996.)

2014: No feature winner

The Pulitzers this year named no winners in the feature category, Sandra Oshiro wrote for Poynter.

Since three finalists were chosen by the nominating jury for that category, why was one not selected by the board? Pulitzer Prizes administrator Sig Gissler told IBT’s Christopher Zara: “It’s not a statement on the quality of feature writing in America,” he said in a phone interview. “They were thoroughly discussed and carefully considered.”

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Pew: Americans tuning out coverage of Iraq

The Pew Research Center reported today that one-fourth of Americans are paying attention to the tumult and violence in Iraq, even as America’s involvement in the situation begins to grow.

Americans are 'modestly' interested in Iraq coverage, according to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center

Americans are ‘modestly’ interested in Iraq coverage, according to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center. Credit: Pew Research Center

The report, which was based on a survey of 1,002 adults from June 26 to 29, shows that a slightly larger proportion of Americans (29 percent) are more interested in the problems afflicting the country’s veterans hospitals than they are the strife in Iraq. It also notes that Interest in the recent spate of Supreme Court decisions (15 percent) is lower than the interest in the World Cup (17 percent).

Audience interest changes by age, the study found. Adults younger than 30 are paying more attention to the World Cup than they are to news coming out of the capital, the survey found. About 24 percent of young adults are watching the drama play out in South America, but just 13 percent of them are following the insurgency spreading across Iraq.

The study also found that interest in some stories is divided along party lines. About 33 percent of Republicans are keeping up with the IRS’ targeting of certain political groups, compared to 16 percent of Democrats. Read more

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Live coverage of Jill Abramson’s speech at Wake Forest commencement

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Thursday, Mar. 06, 2014

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NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders injured by broken TV light

NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders said in a Twitter post Thursday that he suffered serious eye injuries while covering the Michael Dunn trial in Jacksonville, Fla., in February.

 

In the post that he attached to his tweet, Sanders explained that the injuries were caused by a malfunctioning HMI TV light that slowly damaged his corneas while he reported live on the Today Show, MSNBC and NBC Nightly News.

Sanders wrote in his post that the light fried the skin on his face and: “Not only could I not see, but my eyes burned in pain as if two hot coals smoldered in my sockets. The darkness lasted a frightening 36-hours. I still see foggy halos and out-of-focus views. The doctors say my eyesight will eventually return to normal.”

Networks and high-end production companies use HMI or hydrargyrum medium-arc iodide lights because the lights are color balanced for outdoor use. The light they put out is about the same color as sunlight. But the lights are dangerous if used incorrectly.

Every HMI lamp should have an ultra-violet safety glass covering it. When the UV filter fails, injuries like the ones Sanders suffered can result. Usually HMI lights have a safety switch that shuts off the light globe if the UV filter lens door is broken or open. We don’t know how the filter failed in Sanders’ case. Here is a link to an HMI manufacturer’s website to give you an idea of what the lights look like and how they operate.

Most local TV stations use lower cost tungsten or LED lights and put color gels over the lights to achieve about the same color temperatures as the HMI lights.

Sanders suffers increasing pain

Sanders explains the slow painful onset of his problems that started around 8 p.m. By 2 a.m, he said he was in agony.

“My eyes had swollen shut and I could no longer tough out the escalating pain. I called for a cab. It was 25-minutes away, maybe longer. Desperate, and perhaps with a mind muddled by pain, I grabbed the keys to the rental car. With my finger and thumb I pried open one of my now puffed-shut eyes, I aimed the car to the nearest hospital. Why I didn’t call 911 for ambulance is something I still can’t explain.”

Sanders said when he got to the hospital, doctors told him his corneas were “fried.”

“The anesthetic eye-drops to ease the pain lasted only about 15 minutes and then the agony returned. The biggest problem: those powerful drops could cause permanent injury so I would get only four per eye and no more.”

By morning, Sanders said, he was blind.

As his doctors predicted, his eyesight is returning, slowly. He says he is about 80 percent healed now.

While he has been recovering, he and his siblings made a long planned trip to the Andes to release his mother’s ashes in Peru, where she grew up.

“We stuck to our plan and made our way south. My sister was sort of my seeing eye-dog, and my brother played the pack mule, carrying my luggage.

“More than 7,000 feet up, along the Inca Trail, we found the perfect spot to release her ashes. While there may be a detail or two I couldn’t make out, I could see the stunning beauty my mother always talked about when she would remember her childhood.”

Sanders said the first thing he will look for when he gets back to work at NBC is “those damn HMI lights, in the off position of course. Right now I’m not sure what to look for, but you can be sure I’m going to find out. And if being around camera lights is anywhere in your job description, you should too.”

Other on-air journalists responded to Sander’s tweet saying they too had been injured in HMI accidents.

 

 


 

I asked experienced photojournalist friends how common HMI injuries are. Here are some of the responses I got:

Richard Adkins: WRAL TV

“HMI lights, as with any piece of equipment, if used improperly, set up incorrectly, or poorly maintained, can be dangerous. I know I’m a geek, but I read instruction manuals, and I would encourage everyone to do so. But it all boils down to maintaining the gear, checking the set up, and taking the time to make sure everything is okay.”

Bethany Swain: University of Maryland lecturer, former CNN photojournalist

“I know two CNN reporters who had this happen, both after long days doing live shots outside. But only heard of two in all of my years and all of the thousands of days using them. Neither were with lights I set up, thank goodness.”

“I remember liking to have one of our lighting experts check my lights sometimes so I had another person to double check. The check takes a few seconds. “

Sanders’ injury is a wake-up call not just to photojournalists but to reporters and anchors who stand in front of TV lights. TV stations should use this story as a reminder that TV gear should be used by professionals and professionals need training. Read more

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