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Tech advances will bring more live POV news

Earlier this week on the ONA Educators group on Facebook, Curt Chandler pointed out innovative coverage of recent protests in Brazil by photographer/filmmaker Michel de Souza. The resulting video, below, is a combination of Souza’s video recording from his own point of view, plus interspersed still news shots. Like others who have experimented with this…

#photoaday with an iPhone4 … My rules explained

(NOTE: I posted this at my Posterous blog, which I use exclusively for photos and for my iPhone Photo-a-Day project. Reposting here as few people have yet to discover http://steveouting.posterous.com!) So, I’ve made it 15 days straight so far with posting (to my¬†Posterous photo blog) a photograph a day, using only my iPhone4 and its…

Murderers and naked skiers get no privacy

A couple stories in recent days remind us that the days of privacy are over. Example 1: The naked upside-down skier Surely you saw the story about the unfortunate man skiing with his son at the Vail resort in Colorado. There was a problem with the chairlift seat, and he fell through; but instead of…

There’s hope for cell phone cameras

(This also was posted on the EnthusiastGroup.com blog.) Cell phones represent great promise for grassroots media. Most of us carry around with us phones that have a camera feature, so we’re always ready to snap an image when something good comes up. Cell phone users represent an army of “citizen” content creators. Alas, cell phone…

My magical daughter

No sooner had I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows tonight than I received this photo of my youngest daughter being magical. She picked up her flying skill in a digital photography class; this was today’s project.

Should editors publish Saddam hanging images, video?

That’s a no-brainer, as far as I’m concerned. The answer is yes, when you’re talking about online. If you’re thinking of publishing gruesome photos on the font page of your newspaper, or video of the actual hanging on a news broadcast, then (especially in the USA, where we’re still puritanical about such things), don’t do…

Photo of gluttonous bear is worth only 100 words

ABCNews.com has a cute story about a bear who climbed into a convertible and pigged out (how’s that for a mixed metaphor!) on pizza, beer and hard liquor. Charming, as is the photo of the bear in the car. Get out your magnifying class Alas, ABCNews.com (and several other news sites) seriously blows it by…