social media images and verification

February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Newspapers and websites have been quick to take advantage of having not just photojournalists but also having thousands of pairs of eyes everywhere, anyone who has a camera phone is a journalist, with stock sites that allow you to upload your photos, and possibly get your images used for a news storys is become more and more popular, newspapers don’t have to pay costs of sending journalists overseas to photograph events when they can have someone already at the scene with a camera phone send them the images but as a photographer myself this makes me wonder about the authenticity and verification of images collected though social media sites, I know just as well as any other photographer images can be adjusted or stolen if not copyrighted and quality of an image can be just as important when telling a story though a photo, after all a photograph is a documentation of history, it needs to stand the test of time, can a quick snap of a blurry photo taken on a camera phone really be used at all?

Verification can be a problem when an image is sourced though social media, the context of an image and the attribution are easily lost when it becomes retweeted or shared, anyone can simpley copy and paste an image and then tweet it out again making it impossible to find the true ownership of an image. if a newspaper was to use the image how do they know who the true photographer is? How does the news organisation distribute and supply a financial transaction with out knowing the original owner?


social media can aid the real journalists

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In  some cases social media can aid the real journalists in becoming a valuable source when found in conflict zone, not only can some of the public in these zones use social media to report whats going on when journalists are unable to react such places but journalists themselves use the same means when it is not suitable to have a large camera to hand, if we look at the news story when a group of journalists who were held hostage for five days at a luxury hotel in Tripoli, journalists had been held at gun point by gunmen loyal to Colonel Gaddafi, the reporters were still able to communicate with the outside world and would tweet anything that happened and was also able to get some filmed footage inside the hotel out as well as live reporting for news channels, with out the means of social media none of this would have been possible and the few days they were held hostage would of gone unknown, all of this also helped to communicate into the hotel to the hostages released and taken to safety by red cross.

Daniel Morels legal fight

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Photographer Daniel Morel started a legal fight against Agence France Presse, Getty Images and other parties such as CBS, CNN and ABC, for using without authorisationof his Haiti earthquake images. Within hours of the photographs being taken and Daniel morel uploading them onto his tweeter feed they appeared on front pages of hundreds of newspapers worldwide. When taken to court Morel’s action led to criticism from Visa Pour l’Image’s director Jean-François Leroy, who said “ by uploading his images on the internet he was exposing himself to theft” . Judge Pauley wrote in the court order” by posting photos on the internet, Morel wanted to break the news of the earthquake, retain his copyrights, and receive credit and compensation for licensing his photos” judge Pauley also pointed out “numerous American and foreign news outlets emailed Morel and posted on Twitpic asking to purchase his photos for publication”

Daniel morels iconic images have now gone on to win first prize in the spot news stories catergory and second prize in the spot news singles.

This is just one case of news organisation’s getting on the wrong site of copyright and the issues that come with social media, but I still think that social media now is and always be a huge part in how we receive the news though images.

pulitzer centre on crisis reporting

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Pulitzer centre really focuses on and believe that it is really import that high quality photojournalism and reportage is key in understanding what is going on in other countries at war and living in poverty,without it we have nothing to look back at to review and see what was and is being done to help and how those people effected by event s are coping, professional photojournalist isn’t about just taking pictures of an event but it is important to document the affer effects, the people and how the event was dealt with.

This is one area where photojournalism will always be needed and not just for Pulitzer but i think it’s important thats its continues in newspapers and on websites, if the whole story is never reported then it makes it hard for the readers to understand the news and it’s like only getting  half a story. Half the job of a photojouralists is to raise awareness.

Online News Association: Has Social Media Killed Photojournalism?

February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Online News Association: Has Social Media Killed Photojournalism? – stevem wilson

Turi Munthe
Modern photojournalism has been democratized with the development of technology and cheaper costs of equipment. Many more ‘voices’ are now available which is great, but the competition is fiercer than ever before. Demotix are there to help the ‘cream rise to the surface’ aka the best citizen photographs are found.

Edmond Terkopian
The increase in competition has pushed people from photojournalism into news photography to make a living. Photojournalism is a not a part-time hobby, it’s the pursuit of the truth. Many photojournalists support their work by news photography but they are not the same. It’s all about quality.

There were some good issues raise in the debate. What exactly is ‘Quality’ in a world of abundance? When 60 photographers turn up to one event, are the photographs really all that different? Who places the value on a piece of work, the photographer, the publisher or the public?

The Larry Towell Crisis In Afganistan project was held up as a good example of how photojournalists are reaching out to social networks to fund their passions. It’s a very strong collaborative approach – visitors are asked to contribute in exchange for the experience that the artist is about to undertake.

I loved this project and it’s a business model that can be applied across the whole creative industry. Electronic music artists Underworld have used this approach in launching their albums. You purchase the album, but you’re signing up for the tour experience that unfolds in the months ahead. The fan feels closer to the artist. 

Final Thoughts
I wonder if the creative industries need to do a better job at demonstrating their value in a world where everyone can have access to the same tools? Is beauty truly in the eye of the beholder? Do publishers need to make more of their photographic resources? We’re all so used to seeing images every second that their value has become transient. Could publishers benefit by highlighting the individual behind the work? Could this be an area where tablet publishers (Murdoch/Branson) could really make a difference?

Do publishers need to make more of their photographic resources? i think this is a really good question and from what I’ve read and researched so far i think that the answer is yes, i read about CNN news reporting that they let so many of their professional photojournalists go because they were receiving so many imput from their social media generated network, but i think that it’s important to try to use photojournalist more than just reply of social media imput, the whole of the internet has access to social media, news organisations do need to get that reportage out there it’s a free source to everyone, but professional photojournalists images are not freely out there already and it’s up to the news organisations to make the most of what they have to offer.

I think also by professional photo journalists now having websites and social media accounts to promo themselves that it could also mean more competion between photo journalists and hopefully with competition bring the profession back into it’s own, photojournalists now have more of an input and a voice.

Social media saves serious photojournalism

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so I’ve been looking at how social media is threatening photo journalism but can social media possibly be able to save it, when i first saw this i hadnt  thought of it this way around by i can now see how it could save photo journalist in a way.

Social media now means that a photo journalist can have more ownership over their images, when before their photos would be used in newspapers and on websites and the reader and the photographer would never really have any connection it would just be an image to support an article, but now with social media and the internet photojournalists can come into their own.

A lot of photojournalists now have their own websites, twitter accounts and have followers of their websites, now the readers can follow photo journalists and can view their works online, they can find out what that photojournalist is doing and where in the world they are, i think this has given the photojournalist more of an appreciation of their work.

Social media saves serious photojournalism

By Adriaan Monshouwer

Traditionally a photojournalist sold his story to a magazine who packaged the story with lighter, more populair material and lot’s of advertising and sold it on the newsstand or to subscribers.

As a result the photographer’s work was always part of another product, another brand. And photographers had no saying about the context of their story. In the printed world of newspapers and magazines there was no direct contact between photographer and reader.

The photographer has always been a contributor, next to other contributing photographers, writers, illustrators, columnists and advertisers. You never quite knew who saw your pictures and what they thought about it. The reader had a relationship with the magazine or newspaper and not with you, the photographer.

from indirect to direct journalism

In social media this is fundamentally different for any journalist. Even when you choose to publish your work on an aggregated platform alongside other stories, the reader can comment, like and forward to a friend. And you can read his opinion and get back to him. You can start building a real rapport with the people that appreciate your work.

You can take this even a step further when you publish the work on your own website. Here you have complete control over the context, over the package. Nowyou can invite other contributors. And you can interact and engage with yourreaders.

Social media gives you a chance to promote a social issue, built a community with people who equally care, that want to be part of ‘it’, that share your ideas and ideals.

Social media offer interaction, engagement, participation, and action. It takes communication to the next level.

The mission and ambitions of any serious journalist find an almost natural alley in social media as it gives you real two-ways communication, together with total freedom and independence. 

As always, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So, please share your experiences,  trials, errors and successes using social media.


Arab spring leads surge in events captured on cameraphones

February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

while reading an article from the guardian by David Batty titled “Arab spring leads surge in events captured on camera phones”

The article talks about what happens when the press and photojournalists and journalists can’t reach areas such as war and danger zones, because of all the new technologies we have today and the vast availability of it and social media that when news reportage can’t be attained there now is always a way to still get the story and find out what is going on, where in the past we have not know about such event we can know go on the web and see everything in the heat of a war, This is one area that social media is impacting on and really comes into its own.

Faris Couri, editor in chief of BBC Arabic, said they have seen a fourfold increase in the use of user generated images and video. The material led investigations, for example, when a tank appeared to fire on a school early in the Egyptian revolution. Journalists found there were escaped prisoners hiding in the building.

He said: “On the rare occasion journalists got access to Syria, they were accompanied by the authorities, so the unrestricted user content balanced the coverage. During the last year it became the norm, people realised the situation demands this and it’s impossible to rely on professionals.”

It’s not just the members of public using social media and smart phone but the journalists themselves now use the same methods to report, it’s has become easier to record and report using a small mobile device rather than having tones of equipment and it also means it is safer for them while in war zones, so the social media reportage is not always threatening the professional photojournalist but it is aiding them and this is part of the new business model and their way of adapting to technologies, if you can beat them join them.

Also propaganda can happen more with citizen journalism but it is also stopped by camera phone being around, the government can’t just leak certain bits of a news story because there is always someone around with a camera phone that could have the whole story that the government may or may not want you to see.

“An example is the horrible picture of the Egyptian female protester who was stripped on the floor by army soldiers as they brutally beat and humiliated her. While that was a Reuters picture, supporters of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces claimed the picture was fake. Then an amateur video appeared leading Scaf to admit that it did indeed happen.”

On 18 December when there was a TV blackout of coverage of the occupation of the cabinet building in Cairo, Abdulla said the only footage came from a protester transmitting live online via his mobile phone.

“That signal was being watched by over 12,000 people at that time. “Gone are the days when governments will be able to hide their crimes by prohibiting TV stations and journalists from being on the scene. Everyone on the scene is a citizen journalist, and everyone is documenting while protesting.”


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