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December 11 2011

11:21

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

09:49

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 01 2011

21:39

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

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