Sunday, April 26, 2009

Shutterbugged

This story was in the New York Post:

SHUTTERBUGGED

By MURRAY WEISS Criminal Justice Editor

April 13, 2009 --

Faced with complaints from photographers and tourists alike, the NYPD has issued a department order reminding cops that the right to take pictures in the Big Apple is as American as apple pie.

"Photography and the videotaping of public places, buildings and structures are common activities within New York City . . . and is rarely unlawful," the NYPD operations order begins.

It acknowledges that the city is a terrorist target, but since it's a prominent "tourist destination, practically all such photography will have no connection to terrorism or unlawful conduct."

The department directive -- titled "Investigation of Individuals Engaged in Suspicious Photography and Video Surveillance" -- makes it clear that cops cannot "demand to view photographs taken by a person . . . or direct them to delete or destroy images" in a camera.

Public-advocacy groups have complained, especially since 9/11, about cops stopping shutterbugs and, in some cases, wrongly arresting them.

In the latest snafu, an off-duty MTA worker and admitted fan of the subways was issued a summons for taking pictures of subway cars.

He was handed a summons that incorrectly sited the rule that expressly permits snapping pictures in the subways.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said the NYPD posted the missive because "we periodically get complaints that an officer asked to see [someone's] camera or erase a picture and this is a reminder not to do that."

"It is a balancing act," Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said of NYPD efforts to spot possible terrorism or criminal activity while not stepping on the First Amendment.

Donna Lieberman, president of the New York Civil Liberties Union, lauded the directive as "representing progress."

She pointed out that her organization has twice sued the NYPD for stopping innocent filmmaking -- once on behalf of a well-known Indian filmmaker who was videotaping cabbies outside Grand Central Terminal, the other time for a Columbia University student who was filming in a subway station for a school project.

But cops are not without successes in confronting what might appear to be innocent videotaping.

In Manhattan, cops spotted a man -- who turned out to have ties to a terror group in Pakistan -- videotaping the underbellies of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

Additional reporting by John Doyle

murray.weiss@nypost.com
http://www.nypost.com/php/pfriendly/print.php?url=http://www.nypost.com/seven/04132009/news/regionalnews/shutterbugged_164159.htm

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sen. John Kerry to Hold Hearings on Newspaper Industry

Aristide Economopoulos posted this earlier on his Facebook page:

Sen. John Kerry to Hold Hearings on Newspaper Industry


By Joe Strupp

Published: April 20, 2009 10:20 AM ET

NEW YORK Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., will hold hearings in Washington, D.C., next week to review the economic problems facing the newspaper industry, The Boston Globe reported Monday.

The hearings will be at the Senate Commerce Committee, and are set to begin April 30. They come at a time when numerous newspapers are in bankruptcy protection or seeking cost-savings, including the Globe which has threatened to close or sell if certain union concessions are not made.

The hearings also come soon after Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., introduced a bill last month that would allow newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits, the Globe reported.

Kerry, chairman of a Commerce subcommittee, "moved to spotlight the financial plight of newspapers after The New York Times Co. threatened earlier this month to shut down The Boston Globe unless its labor unions agree to $20 million in cost concessions, including pay and benefit cuts. The Globe is on track to lose $85 million this year, executives told labor representatives," the story said.

"America's newspapers are struggling to survive -- and while there will be serious consequences in terms of the lives and financial security of the employees involved, including hundreds at the Globe, there will also be serious consequences for our democracy where diversity of opinion and strong debate are paramount," Kerry wrote in a letter sent to union leaders Friday, according to the Globe.

In his letter, addressed to "the Boston Globe family," Kerry voiced his commitment to the industry and to ensuring that the "vital public service newspapers provide does not disappear."

"The increase in media conglomerates has resulted in an increase in agenda-driven reporting and over time, if those of us who value a diversity of opinion and ideas, and are unafraid to be confronted with pointed commentary and analysis, do not act, it is a situation which will only get worse," Kerry wrote according to the paper.

The Globe story noted that Kerry "has received political endorsements over the years from the Globe's editorial page, which is operated separately from its newsgathering operation."

Dan Totten, president of the Boston Newspaper Guild, said yesterday that he appreciated Kerry's effort and concern. "Clearly, his effort is to get the Globe in a better place," Totten told the Globe. Later in a statement, he added: "The support and outreach received thus far from our readers, advertisers, media colleagues, Boston and New England business and political leaders has been enormous."

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003964193

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High Time We Set the Record Straight on Newspaper 'Myths'

The following was posted by Jason Towlen of the Home News on his Facebook page:

High Time We Set the Record Straight on Newspaper 'Myths'

By Donna Barrett

Published: April 22, 2009 5:10 PM ET

NEW YORK Enough already. Partial facts and misinformation about newspapers are distorting the view for everyone, including readers and advertisers.

Let's set the record straight: Newspapers still enjoy considerable readership and deliver strong results for advertisers. More Americans read printed newspapers than watch the Super Bowl. More Americans read printed newspapers than own dogs. Newspapers and their Web sites reach a larger audience than ever before.

The crisis facing newspapers is not an audience problem. It is a revenue problem.

Newspapers deliver vital information to communities, as they have since this country was settled. But something has to pay for all of that news. Advertising has traditionally supported the valuable content provided by newspapers. Two developments have devastated that revenue.

The first is the recession. Newspapers are no different than television, radio, Internet, Major League Baseball, NASCAR and all businesses that rely on other businesses for money from advertising and promotion. The recession has led to a significant decrease in ad spending. Everyone is hurting. Newspapers just talk about it more.

Free sites such as Craigslist are the other factor. These sites siphon off considerable classified advertising.

It is tough to compete against free, and free doesn’t pay for journalists.

There is no shortage of other theories on why newspapers are hurting. Most come from those without direct responsibility for the financial health of a newspaper. Some popular explanations:

1.) Newspapers are too liberal and drive off readers as a result.
2.) Newspaper publishers are slow to embrace new technology.
3.) Newspapers are losing readers to the Internet.

As my father used to say, they don’t know what they don’t know. In reality, none of these theories is responsible for newspapers' woes.

Overall readership is growing. Most publishers embrace technological advances to serve their audience, but they face a real-world problem that these advances usually provide much less revenue than their core business.

Finally, newspaper companies are losing classified revenue, not readers, to the Internet. In one of life’s ironies, newspapers are growing audience through the very outlet that takes away so much revenue.

Newspaper publishers face many challenges in a changing world. They must answer some important revenue questions if their newspapers are to continue serving our communities as effectively as they have for more than 300 years.

The least we can do is make sure the issues are not distorted and misinterpreted.

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003965411

Sunday, April 19, 2009

POY Contest Winners!

Congratulations to all the Winners!

New Jersey Press Photographers Association
2008 Pictures of the Year
Judged at The Star-Ledger Saturday April 18, 2009 by William Snyder, RIT,
John Friedah, Providence Journal, Matt Roth, Patuxent Publishing.

Categories
Single Picture Categories

Spot News
1. Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Displaced”
2. Reena Rose Sibayan, The Jersey Journal, “Scuffle”
3. Marc Steiner, Agency New Jersey, “Streams”
HM John O’Boyle, The Star-Ledger, “Reaction”
Easy category with lots of fires. Top two stood out quickly. Edit. Looking
for physical reaction. More moments, relying on event to make the pictures,

General News
1. Leslie Barbaro, The Record, “Briggs”
2. Jennifer Brown, The Star-Ledger, “Grief”
3. Julia Xanthos Economopoulos, NY Daily News, “Funeral”
HM John Munson, The Star-Ledger, “Remembering Ryne”
HM Ed Murray, The Star-Ledger, “Guard”
HM Tony Kurdzuk, The Star-Ledger, “Debate Frustration”
HM Ed Murray, The Star-Ledger, “Deploy”
HM Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Mom”
Very good category. Very deep. Top jumped out. Top fifteen very hard to cut
down.

Feature:
1. Michael Karas, The Record, “Sidewalk”
2. Sarah Simonis, Freelance, “ Belle”
3. April Saul, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Losing”
HM Leslie Barbaro, The Record, “Pool Shower”
HM Julia Xanthos Economopoulos, NY Daily News “Rain”
HM Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Prom”
HM Michael Karas, The Record, “cande”
Raw content and emotion. Not wrapped up in technical. All about moments.
Depth to pictures. Has moment color dhl. Really good situations.

Pictorial
1. David M. Warren, The Philadelphia Inquirer ,”Thunderbirds”
2. Julia Xanthos Economopoulos, NY Daily News, “Falls”
3. Marc Steiner, Agency New Jersey, “Scales”
HM Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Street”
HM Sarah Simonis, Freelance, “Pingpong”
HM Marc Steiner, Agency New Jersey, “Time”

Portrait/Personality
1. Jennifer Brown, The Star-Ledger, “Artist”
2. Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Birds”
3. Jeff Granit, Greater Media Newspapers, “First Glance”
HM April Saul, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Hello”
HM Peter Ackerman, Asbury Park Press, “Duckhunter”
HM John Munson, The Star-Ledger, “Hug”
HM Marc Steiner, Agency New Jersey, “Cowboy”
Look for moments. Lacking in personality. Loved first place. No classical
portraits as in studio moved up in the contest.

Sports Action
1. Tyson Trish, The Record. “Smack”
2. Saed Hindash, The Star-Ledger, “Kick”
3. Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Flip”
HM Jeff Granit, Greater Media Newspapers, “Reach”
HM Scott Anderson, The Courier-Post , “Bruntlet”
HM Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Blur”
HM Saed Hindash, The Star-Ledger, “Save”
HM Tony Kurdzuk, The Star-Ledger, “Slipping Away”
HM Noah Murray, The Star-Ledger, “Interference”

Sports Feature
1. Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Rain”
2. Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Gold”
3. Peter Ackerman, Asbury Park Press, “Statechamp”
HM Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Yogi”
HM Scott Anderson, The Courier-Post
HM Reena Rose Sibayan, The Jersey Journal, “Dejection”
HM Saed Hindash, The Star-Ledger, “Lookhere”
HM Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Souveneir”
HM Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Fence”
HM Peter Ackerman, Asbury Park Press, “Cooldown”

Illustration
1. Jennifer Brown, The Star-Ledger, “Artist”
2. Tony Kurdzuk, The Star-Ledger, “Quirky Quilter”
HM Saed Hindash, The Star-Ledger, “Eat”
Nicely Done Nicely executed. Third was appreciated for effort.

Animal
1. Danielle Austen, Freelance, “Woodstork”
HM William Perlman, The Star-Ledger, “Big Dog”
HM Tyson Trish, The Record, “Butterfly”
HM Danielle Austen, Freelance, “Hawk”
HM April Saul, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Twoheads”
Woodstork jumps out very quickly and clearly. After that it gets tricky.

Personal Vision
1. Danielle Austen, Freelance, “Old Glory”
2. Danielle Austen, Freelance, “Barn”
3. HM Marc Steiner, Agency New Jersey, “Limbs”
HM Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Bus”
HM Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Phone”
HM Tony Kurdzuk, The Star-Ledger, “Fares going Up”

Campaign
1. Saed Hindash, The Star-Ledger, “Hug”
2. Julia Xanthos Economopoulos, NY Daily News, “Grab”
3. Noah Murray, The Star-Ledger, “Acknowledge”
HM Jennifer Brown, The Star-Ledger, “Count”
HM Tony Kurdzuk, The Star-Ledger, “All pinned”

Multiple Picture Categories
Multiple News
1. Reena Rose Sibayan, The Jersey Journal, “Distraught”
2. Tyson Trish, The Record, “Bucca”
HM Ed Murray, The Star-Ledger, “Fire”

Multiple Feature
1. Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Losing”
2. Tyson Trish, The Record, “Guard”
3. Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Lovebirds”
HM Ed Murray, The Star-Ledger, “Guard”

Multiple Sports
1. Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Yanks”
2. Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Olympics”
HM Peter Ackerman, Asbury Park Press, “Box”

Sports Portfolio
1. Tyson Trish, The Record
2. Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger
3. Peter Ackerman, Asbury Park Press

Photographer of the Year:
1. Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger
2. Ed Murray, The Star-Ledger
3. Tyson Trish, The Record
HM Jennifer Brown, The Star-Ledger

The NJPPA Understanding Award
April Saul, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Best Multimedia News Story or Essay
1. Julia Xanthos Economopoulos, NY Daily News,
2. Julia Xanthos Economopoulos, NY Daily News, “Ecuador”
3. Marc Steiner, Agency New Jersey, “Super Tuesday”
Best Multimedia Feature Story or Essay
1. Amy Newman, The Herald News, “From Hurt to Hope”
2. John Munson, The Star-Ledger, “A Very Special Boy”
3. Julia Xanthos Economopoulos, NY Daily News, “Moscow Circus”
Best Multimedia Sports Story or Essay
1. John Munson, The Star-Ledger, “Father Son Triatheletes”
2. John O’Boyle, The Star-Ledger “Dragon Boat”

Best of Show
To be announced at this year’s dinner.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Good Bye and Good Night

Tim Larsen, Matt Roth, William Snyder, John Freidah and Ed Murray say good night to a long, but great, POY contest.

Judging the Video

Judges William Snyder, John Freidah, Matt Roth watch video while Aristide Economopoulos makes a guest appearance to observe the judging procedures.

Getting Towards the End

The judges read up on the Understanding catagory and entrys.

Ed Murray hard at work tallying the votes and keeping track of all the images.

Colin Archer being Mr. Happy.

POY Judging Lunchtime


After a long morning of image after image after image, the POY Judges endure lunch from a local eatery here in Newark. From left, John Freidah, Matt Roth and William Snyder.

POY Judging

Follow the signs to the judging.








Our judges for this year's POY contest are, from left to right:

William Snyder, RIT Professor formerly director of Dallas Morning News, four
time Pulitzer Prize winner.

John Freidah, The Providence Journal. Picture of the Year's Newspaper
Photographer of the Year, 3rd place; Northern Short Course's Photographer of
the Year; and three-time National Press Photographer's Regional "Photographer of the Year."

Matt Roth, Patuxent Publishing, Picture of the Year's Newspaper Photographer
of the Year small markets runner up.


And of course our very own Tony Kurdzuk working the slideshows.

NJPPA POY Contest Judging

Come join us at the Star Ledger for the POY Judging today, for all you people reading the blog!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Journal publisher announces 'step forward' in keeping paper open


by The Jersey Journal
Monday April 13, 2009, 4:10 PM


The Jersey Journal building at 30 Journal Square.

The Jersey Journal and its community weeklies have met revenue projections for the first quarter, Publisher Kendrick Ross announced to the staff today, adding that the paper will be completing work over the next week to bring expenses in line with revenues, and, once that is accomplished, he expects to continue publishing.

"We know the road ahead is challenging and uncertain, but we are pleased to announce this step forward," Ross explained.

"We appreciate the cooperation of our union and non-union staff, and we are grateful to our readers, advertisers and the business community for continuing to support us during this period."

The Evening Journal Association announced to its employees on Feb. 2 that the company would cease publication of The Jersey Journal and a string of weekly newspapers in Hudson County on or about April 13 if the paper was unable to meet revenue goals and reduce expenses.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2009/04/journal_publisher_announces_st.html

Monday, April 13, 2009

Middle Township's Postpones Decision

video


Video of Middle Township's public meeting on having control of how the media records the township's public meetings. The bottom line is the township decided to postpone the decision so they can re-word the resolution. Video provided by Harry Scheeler of the Herald Newspapers.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Canon and CPS

Hey Everyone - Just wanted to give a heads up to all the Canon users out there - Canon is now charging for sensor cleaning and firmware updates - $30 plus tax per camera. Also, they now have a three tier CPS service plan - go to www.usa.canon.com/cps to learn more.