J-Links for July 23: UBC Journalism project leads to 18 arrests; Exploring ‘drone journalism’; Balancing reporting and emotion in photos
In Canadian media:
Eight students and three faculty members of University of British Columbia School of Journalism’s international reporting class went to Brazil in February to investigate land disputes between different groups in the country. The group produced a video that was posted on The New York Times’ website on June 9 and since then, 18 arrests have been made in connection with the murder of indigenous leader Nisio Gomes.
Matt Waite, journalism professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln wrote about his new project about ‘drone journalism’ for The Tyee. He’s just been awarded a $50,000 grant to explore the idea of using remote controlled flying vehicles equipped with video cameras, GPS systems and other sensors to be used by reporters.
Editor and writer Mireille Silcoff writes about her love for longform reads and the website longform.org, which is a collection of long form pieces of journalism from different publications ranging from The New Yorker to The Walrus.
In international media:
Photojournalist Barry Gutierrez captured some of the infamous pictures published during the events of the Batman movie shooting in Aurora, Colorado. He took the photo of Tom Sullivan waving a photo of his son Alex asking if anyone had seen him and the photo of a woman hugging her son after being reunited with him. He explains the fine balance between reporting and emotion when covering tragedies like the recent Colorado shooting.
James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado shooting was “at the top” when it came to academics, but was described as someone who was “trying to be as weird as possible” by a man working at a shooting range in Colorado after hearing Holmes’s voicemail. He will make an appearance in court for arraignment today after spending the weekend in isolation at Aprapahoe County Jail in Colorado.