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Archive for January, 2009
Without wanting to seem flippant over this tragic story, I couldn’t help notice something very strange on on the Daily Mail site today.
Headline: Miss World finalist who had hands and feet amputated after being hit by infection dies
Other than being a very good piece of SEO, this headline is also very matter of fact. The Miss World finalist has died.
And then here’s the first paragraph:
A two-time Miss World finalist whose feet and hands were amputated after contracting a drug-resistant infection has died.
Very straight forward there.
Like most Daily Mail stories, there are comments a plenty (probably down to that great SEO). But something about the comments on this story in particular struck me as a little bit, well, strange:
My heart goes to the beautiful girl, what a tradegy! Praying for her speedy recovery!
Leila, Gibraltar, 22/1/2009 16:11
Beauty is only in the eyes of the beholder. How she fights this and pulls through will show her true beauty, and that’s the real beautiful and strong person everyone will see; not just what’s on the outside, but the fight inside too. I bet she can do it!
And there’s loads more.
Of course, the reasonable explanation for this is that the original story told of a girl fighting for her life. The comments came in. Then, sadly, the girl lost that fight — and so the story was altered. But now the comments come across as rather haunting. I’ve stuck a picture of the comments on Flickr in the event of them being removed.
Presumably the Mail would have wanted to keep the most up-to-date information on one article page, rather than several new articles whenever a story develops. That makes sense. But surely a development as serious as the death of the subject shouldn’t just be edited?
Nice clip here of Ann Derry, the New York Times’ head of television editorial operations — a title so long-winded I’ve just had to copy and paste it from journalism.co.uk.
But what it means is that Ann is pretty much in charge of video journalism output at the NYTimes. And as you can listen to in this clip, the strategy for video is: MORE MORE MORE!
Oh you just gotta love this.
“How much does it cost to cremate a horse?”
“Lets call someone and find out.”
“Who do we call for that?”
For those of you who read my website using RSS (Feedburner tells me there are 100 of you or so… hi!), you may have come across this faux pas at the bottom of my last post about the Hudson river air crash:
I can only apologise. No doubt the word’s ‘crash’ in this post will mean the same occurs on this post instead. Perhaps if I write VIAGRA it’ll even the balance. Or at least boost my Google rankings.
There’s nothing quite like the excitement of getting a story. It’s a feeling I’m missing a bit right now. But I read this post from the awesome Reuters Photographers blog with a sense of knowing acknowledgement. Scrambling to action for a big story — you can’t beat it:
It took about a minute for the plane to drift behind a building. I only shot about 30 frames before it disappeared from sight again. At that point I ingested the images, made a selection, blew one up huge to confirm it was a US Airways plane and sent the first picture to our picture desk in Singapore for transmission to the wire.
Within minutes it seemed Brendan was back in front of me with pictures from ground level. He was able to shoot some pictures of passengers and grabbed a pedicab to take him back to Times Sq. His pictures kept the flow of fresh images flowing.
Eric Thayer arrived at the river and saw a group of firemen running to a big ferry boat. He asked if he could go aboard and was told yes, as long as he stayed out of the way. Eric was able to get up close to the plane and take some of the most dramatic photos of the day, of passengers in life rafts waiting to be rescued.