These caught my attention this morning:

  • Tasering the news. Frank Moher wonders why Canadian TV stations paid for videotape footage of the tasering and death of Robert Dziekanski. “… the footage of Dziekanski’s death at the hands of the RCMP is a matter of public interest. Hence the reason that paying for it is so dodgy,” he writes, arguing that overwhelming public interest means such eyewitness, citizen reporting should be made freely available. Unpersuasive but part of the discussion that needs to take place in a time of widespread grassroots eyewitness “newsgathering.” Via The Canadian Journalism Project.
  • Online platform for photojournalists. A new web site on photojournalism, well worth a bookmark and frequent visits. Roy Greenslade quote founder Graham Harrison: “”Photo Histories will document how some of the world’s most important photographers achieved what they did, and ask them what they predict for the future of our medium… It will also tell some of the great stories told by photographers that until now had been confined to darkrooms, bars and pubs.”
  • Citizen Journalist Joins Media Circus. Len Witt has some fun with a video camera and a political visit to introduce folks to campaign coverage, and then to compare and contrast his YouTube effort vs. what the local TV station produced. Instructive.
  • Bad newspaper writing hurts my brain, like (insert indecipherable description of something else that may or may not hurt one’s brain here). Sunday is “ego day” in the newspaper world, William Hartnett writes, and he doesn’t like the results.