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April 29 2012


#OccupyWallStreet: Law enforcement agencies monitor Twitter and Facebook accounts

CBS News NEW YORK :: Facebook and Twitter are now essential tools for protest movements like Occupy Wall Street. Nine in 10 law enforcement agencies say they monitor social media. CBS News correspondent Tony Guida reports they are using what they find to make cases against demonstrators.

Video available - Reported by, continue here Tony Guida, www.cbsnews.com

April 25 2012


#OccupyWallStreet protestor doesn’t own his tweets, judge rules

paidContent :: In a candid ruling, a New York judge said a protester can’t stop prosecutors from searching his Twitter account because he doesn’t own the tweets in the first place. Judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr. cited a “widely-believed” but “mistaken” notion about online privacy right.

Details - Continue to read Jeff John Roberts, paidcontent.org

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April 23 2012


Nonsense? - #OccupyWallStreet: New York's hottest tourist destination

Forbes :: Instead of trying to corral, pen, contain, chase, disenfranchise, muzzle, occasionally batter, and otherwise discourage the class war contagion that is Occupy Wall Street – a task akin to squeezing a hand full of dry sand in the afternoon sun on Jones Beach – why not simply walk away? And by walk away,

[Tom Watson:] ... I mean passively encourage the Occupiers as a small but interesting economic pilot program in New York’s tiny but growing protest tourism industry. ...

Continue to read Tom Watson, www.forbes.com

January 15 2012


The Texas Tribune case study: “Community engagement” as journalism strategy

Texas Insider :: It’s a Wednesday night party at Malverde bar in avant-garde Austin, Texas – America’s #1 “Big Boom Town” according to Forbes Magazine this year.  The place is reserved tonight for Austin elite, a happy hour to toast this online news site that is viewed as a possible prototype for nonprofit journalism. Smith and The Tribune reporters mingle with the crowd of lobbyists, Capitol staffers, media types, and philanthropists working on margaritas as Occupy Austin continues just across the street.

After two years, the model is still a test case – one that paradoxically seems to be on a fast track inside a vanishing institution.

Via Marie K. Shanahan

Continue to read Josie Duckett, www.texasinsider.org

January 14 2012


Social media is no substitute for journalism, says CNN

Well and it will never be.

The Wall :: CNN has had a lot of success with social media and recently relaunched its CNN iReport as social network. In an interview Maddox talks about social media has very quickly become an accepted part of the news gathering process and provided what he describes as an “integral dynamic to many stories” citing some of those from 2011 where social media played such a big role including Occupy Wall Street, the riots in England and the Arab Spring among others.

Continue to read (incl. all links) Gordon MacMillan, wallblog.co.uk


Time Warner, CBS Corp.: Anonymous posts personal details of media executives

New York Times | Mediadecoder :: The online activist group known as Anonymous, which has targeted opponents of the Occupy Wall Street movement and businesses that stopped providing services to WikiLeaks, has set its sights on a new adversary: media executives. In protest of antipiracy legislation currently being considered by Congress, the group has posted online documents that reveal personal information about Jeffrey L. Bewkes, chairman and chief executive of Time Warner, and Sumner M. Redstone, who controls Viacom and the CBS Corporation.

Continue to read Amy Chozick, mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com

January 05 2012


#OccupyWallStreet - What are the rights of reporters covering protests?

The Nation :: Reporting on protests is no easy job—just ask the thirty-six reporters arrested while covering the Occupy movement, from New York to Boston to Nashville and beyond. Amid clashes between protesters and the police, the reporters ran afoul of the law. They went places where they weren’t supposed to go, and they did things they weren’t supposed to do. Or so claim the police.

Occupy Wall Street, or OWS, might not signal the high-water mark of press freedom, but it’s brought that freedom into sharp focus, through the prism of protest. What rights do reporters have to gather the news? Do they need credentials? Do reporters have the right in public places to record police activity? If a police officer unlawfully interferes with a reporter while she’s gathering the news, can the reporter sue the officer? Below, Jonathan Peters, an attorney specializing in First Amendment law, explains.

Continue to read Jonathan Peters, www.thenation.com

January 04 2012


Vice's Shane Smith on what's wrong with Canada, Facebook and Occupy Wall Street

Not every voice needs to be heard. 

Forbes :: A cheerful willingness to offend absolutely anyone is a big part of the formula that propelled Vice from ratty indie style magazine to billion-dollar global media colossus. I interviewed Shane Smith, the company’s co-founder and CEO at length for my feature on Vice’s remarkable rise and came away with far more quotable material than we could fit in the magazine. The hard-partying hipster icon was particularly voluble on the subject of Occupy Wall Street. He’s not a fan. In fact, at the time of our interview, Smith had just dispatched undercover models and photographers down to Zucotti Park to satirize the protests for a fashion story.

Continue to read Jeff Bercovici, www.forbes.com

January 03 2012


Movement man - Chris Faraone, Occupy reporter for the Boston Phoenix

Columbia Journalism Review :: The week before Occupy Boston changed Chris Faraone’s life, grassroots revolution was already on his mind. Faraone, who covers rap music and social injustice for the Boston Phoenix, had filed a 2000-word story about a progressive group called MassUniting, which had organized a series of flamboyant protests against Bank of America; Faraone called the group’s efforts “a multilateral attack for the ages,” and left readers with the definite sense that the best was yet to come.

Three months later, with the Occupy movement a worldwide phenomenon, the story seems less a prediction than a prophecy. “You can tell when shit’s goin’,” says Faraone. “Sometimes it’s just in the air.

Continue to read Justin Peters, www.cjr.org


"Respect the public's right to know" - At Wall Street protests, clash of reporting and policing

New York Times :: In late November, the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, ordered every precinct in his domain to read a statement. Officers, the commissioner said, must “respect the public’s right to know about these events and the media’s right of access to report..” Any officer who “unreasonably interferes” with reporters or blocks photographers will be subject to disciplinary actions.- These are fine words.

Recent events suggest that the commissioner should speak more loudly.

Continue to read Michael Powell, www.nytimes.com

December 11 2011


Relations between local press and the NYPD had deteriorated before #OccupydsWall Street' protest, lawyers say

Capital New York :: The Occupy Wall Street incidents, which were addressed in a Nov. 21 letter to NYPD brass co-signed by 13 news organizations, and again in a meeting two days later between Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and representatives from several of those outlets, were actually only a recent development in a longer pattern of police-press showdowns stretching back at least to the summer, before Occupy Wall Street was a glimmer in Bloomberg's eye.

Within the past year, Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, began noticing an uptick in complaints from photojournalists—both in New York and other cities—claiming police had interfered with their work.

Continue to read Joe Pompeo, www.capitalnewyork.com

December 08 2011


Why some TV programs hire consultants to get on Twitter's trending list

NPR :: Sometimes a topic that seems hot on Twitter, like Occupy Wall Street, doesn't trend, leading some activists to charge Twitter with censorship. But the complex algorithms that determine trending topics are intended to find what's trending in the moment, and not what's been around for a long time. Getting a spot on the trending list has become so important that television programs hire consultants to help them get there.

Continue to read Laura Sydell, www.npr.org


Tom Stites about web journalism: a long way to go to serve the needs of local communities

Niemanlab :: We may be five years into the big push for web journalism, argues Tom Stites the veteran editor, but we’re still a long way from a sustainable model to support the knowledge needed in local communities.

[Tom Stites:] The buzz about how bloggers and citizen journalists will save the day, once almost deafening, has died down to a murmur, although the buzz about Twitter, Facebook, and cellphone video cameras saving the day has picked up thanks to their powerful contributions to coverage of major breaking stories, from the Arab spring to Occupy Wall Street. But the triumphant march to the digital future, at least when measured in terms of original reporting, has yet to lead anywhere near triumph.

Tom Stites had a long career in newspapers, editing Pulitzer-winning projects and working at top newspapers like The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In recent years, he’s shifted his emphasis to trying to figure out a new business model to support journalism through the Banyan Project.

Continue to read Tom Stites, www.niemanlab.org

December 07 2011


Patrick Meighan: my #OccupyLA arrest

MyOccupyArrest :: My name is Patrick Meighan, and I’m a husband, a father, a writer on the Fox animated sitcom “Family Guy”, and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica. 

I was arrested at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning with 291 other people at Occupy LA. I was sitting in City Hall Park with a pillow, a blanket, and a copy of Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Being Peace” when 1,400 heavily-armed LAPD officers in paramilitary SWAT gear streamed in. I was in a group of about 50 peaceful protestors who sat Indian-style, arms interlocked, around a tent. The LAPD officers encircled us, weapons drawn, while we chanted “We Are Peaceful” and “We Are Nonviolent” and “Join Us.”

Continue to read Patrick Meighan, myoccupylaarrest.blogspot.com

December 01 2011


John Ensslin, Society of Professional Journalists: arrests of journalists at 'Occupy' must stop

Society of Professional Journalists | SPJ :: Journalists covering the “Occupy” events and protests around the country have become part of the story in recent weeks due to arrests of and restrictions on journalists for simply doing their jobs. In response, SPJ President John Ensslin has written an editorial explaining why this alarming trend must stop, and why police should exercise greater caution going forward.

Continue to read John Ensslin, www.spj.org


#OccupyLA Eviction: Is LAPD restricting coverage with last-minute 'pool media'?

Interesting mix of media tools: Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa posted his "Statement on Enforcement of City Hall Park Closure" on Facebook, while media published and distributed information via all traditional and "new" channels (Twitter, etc.)

Los Angeles Weekly :: Awesomely, the "pool" reports turned into a sort of crowd-sourced feed; LA Weekly reporter Gene Maddaus says he received constant email updates throughout the night from news outlets with soldiers in the pool. So it seems the chosen ones didn't adhere to the LAPD's silly, unenforceable idea of how media should work at the eviction. As it should be. However, police did manage to force out all indie reporters/photogs from the City Hall Park with threats of arrest.

The details - continue to read Simone Wilson, blogs.laweekly.com

October 09 2011


#OccupyWallStreet and media coverage - an analysis by the New York Times

New York Times | FiveThirtyEight :: In the early days of the protests, which began on Sept. 17, coverage was all but nonexistent in the mainstream news media. It has increased significantly in recent days, however, and is now beginning to rival that given to Tea Party protests in April and May 2009. We can estimate the amount of media coverage given to the protests through the database NewsLibrary.com, a compendium of about 4,000 news outlets in the United States — mostly “traditional” sources like newspapers and television stations.

A chart - continue to read Nate Silver, fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com

September 18 2011


#OccupyWallStreet: The Plan: occupy Wall Street for two months

OWNI.eu :: On Saturday #Sep17, hundreds of protestors congregated in the Wall Street area of New York at the start of a protest dubbed #OccupyWallStreet. Initially organised by Vancouver based media activists Adbusters, the campaign has set out to establish a protest presence in Wall Street for a “few months”. Adbusters were joined in August by hacktivist group Anonymous in rallying their supporters for the start of the action and spreading the word through websites and social media.

Continue to read David Glance, owni.eu

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