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Friday, November 18, 2011

Upd #OWS - Connects #TheAwl -ful Dots ... #NYPD and #Press Credentials - Not Funny

Sometimes you pick up a story thread, and another and another, and finally another before you can finally make sense of it.  This thread started with : Bloomberg’s office admits to arresting journalists for covering OWS and led to TheAwl : The Banks and New York City and the Media and finally to TheAwl : 25 26 Arrested Reporters and What They Do.

When I Googled for TheAwl I got started on a page titled "TheAwl -Be Less Stupid" ... very appealing.  I was looking for their list of journalists arrested for supporting the Occupy events.  This story was related and identified how the Bloomberg Mayoral office had used TheAwl list of journalists and found only 5 journalists with NYPD credentials had been arrested.  What does that seem to imply? had pointed out this seemed to leave things a bit confused ... hence this quote ...

Given his statement, Bloomberg’s office has indeed confirmed that at least five members of the media that were accredited by the City’s own police force were arrested while doing their job, a job that the Police Department has acknowledged and authorized. Secondly, Loeser attempts to discredit the media while at the same time exposing that he didn’t do his homework himself.
Maybe the reason that only five of the 26 reporters had NYPD-issued credentials was because not all of those 26 arrests occurred in New York.
Loeser says he checked the list of arrested reporters, but in examining the roster of names published by the Awl, it would be hard to make sense of why someone like photojournalist Kristyna Wentz-Graff would have NYPD-issued credentials — given that her arrest occurred while covering an Occupy protest near the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, roughly 900 miles from Manhattan. The same could be said about reporter Jonathan Meador, who was apprehended by cops in Nashville, Tennessee for reporting from a Music City occupation back in October.

From TheAwl lead in and the list of arrested journalists - 26 Arrested Reporters and What They Do. go to the original article!
 Put together by Josh Stearns, this document has been a great resource to track journalists working on Occupy Wall Street stories around the country who've been arrested. So who are they? Only seven of the 25 arrested are full-time employed traditional news-gathering employees. A number were student reporters; a few were interns; a larger number were freelancers. Some work for traditional "objective" news organizations; others work for "non-objective" news organizations, like Alternet and Indypendent Reader. This means something—mostly about the media and what it is now, possibly also who the police perceive as media and relation of reporter to demonstration. But with the exception of a Journal-Sentinel photographer, two AP folks and one Daily News reporter, no major traditional news outlets have (yet!) had staff reporters or photographers arrested. As Erika Fry pointed out last month in CJR, this also has to do with who police departments consider a journalist, and why they decide that. (Turns out, wearing a shirt that says "reporter" doesn't always help in the eyes of the police, as one Rochester student discovered.) A minimum of 40% of people news-gathering who were arrested are women.
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Became aware of this video right after original posting  ... a story worth following ...

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