J-Links for July 16: Colourless sports commentary; A day in the life of journos; YouTube for news
In Canadian media:
David Warren’s final column appeared in the final Sunday edition of The Ottawa Citizen yesterday. The self-declared “right-wing hack” used his last inches of newsprint to touch on the transformation of the BBC over the years as the news service moved out of Bush House last week.
The Montreal Gazette’s Mike Boone says that solo sportscasting, which was the choice for FIFA during the Euro 2012 tournament, enhanced the game rather than left it lacking. TSN used the FIFA feed to broadcast the soccer tournament, and Boone says the absence of two or more commentators who would usually provide analysis and “colour” didn’t take away from the game but perhaps made it better as viewers could absorb the game on their own.
When CBC used an American photojournalist’s photos of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in a documentary, it didn’t have proper authorization. Now, the Federal Court of Canada has ordered the CBC to pay the photojournalist more than $19,000, only a fraction of the journalist’s $21.5 million copyright infringement claim.
In international media:
Ever wonder what a journalist across the world is experiencing on a regular day? A new book called 24 hours in journalism aims to have the answer. The book, written by newspaper and former magazine editor John Dale, is based on diaries kept by journalists from around the globe about their activities on February 8.
The viewing of huge news events like the Japanese tsunami, Middle East turmoil and the death of Osama bin Laden was watched by tens of millions of people worldwide — on YouTube, The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism found. The website has become a major source of news, giving viewers a “new kind of visual journalism.