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Cops to HuffPost Reporter: “Put your Fucking Hands up!”

Twenty four hours in nearby Boston.

HuffPost‘s media story on and by two reporters, Christina Wilkie and Michael McLaughlin, covering the Boston crime scene stories last Thursday read like a potential NYT travel story: “36 Hours in Cambridge and Watertown.”

Where to eat? Aside from adrenalin, keep your energy up with water, brown-bag lunches and Boston Kreme donuts courtesy of the Massachusetts State Police.

Where to stay? There are a few terrible options. 1. In a shopping mall parking lot with the rest of the press. More specifically, a white rented Hyundai. 2. Stay within the designated press areas unless you want to be held at gunpoint by police officers. This happened to HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie, who learned fast that leaving the group of media covering the story was a very bad idea.

Where to sleep? Sleep? There will be no sleep.

Wifi quality: Somewhere between awful and wretched. From HuffPost writers: “Battery power was carefully rationed for phones and laptops, and drained at an alarming speed.”

What not to miss: Drunks getting too close to the crime scene. They make for good pictures and anecdotes as they were heard cursing and spotted being cuffed and shoved to the ground.

Adventure seekers: Clearly, Watertown. This is where Wilkie strayed by a matter of feet from the rest of the media. This is when all hell broke loose as evidenced by the below anecdote from the story.

An excerpt:

Reporters quickly learned that leaving the group was a bad idea. Along an unbarricaded side street, an officer spotted Wilkie. “Put your hands up!” he yelled. “Put your f***ing hands up!” She did. “Now get outta here. Run!”She did.

We asked Wilkie for more context on what happened before police screamed at her. She told FishbowlDC, “At that point in the night, about 1:45AM, there were about a dozen reporters and cameramen loosely assembled at the edge of the yellow crime scene tape stretched along Nichols Ave at the corner of Nichols and Quimby Streets in Watertown. There was no police tape along Quimby, just a few locals milling around on the sidewalk, so I walked about 30 feet down Quimby St. to see what was going on.”

You don’t want to miss what happens next.

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Politico Gets Camera Ready

Internet TV is the new frontier and Politico is clawing its way in.

Talking with Beet.TV, Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei said the publication’s staff will be “investing more money, more resources” in online video reporting. The publication is planning more on-camera spot interviews and short news shows. The goal is to “help people better understand politics, both the serious side [and] the fun side,” he said.

Of course most of Politico‘s reporters are more familiar with typing their stories, not talking about them in front of a camera. VandeHeeHaw said it’s “one of the hardest things” to get the reporters to act natural. “You stick a camera in front of somebody’s face and they instantly think they have to be Tom Brokaw,” he said in the deepest Brokaw voice he could manage.

Watch a very excited VandeHei talk about it here and here.

Brad Pitt a Journalist?

Here’s another good reason to be a journalist. Brad Pitt might have been one had it not been for his snap decision to drop out of school two weeks before graduation. He attended the University of Missouri where he was studying, of all things, journalism. “It just came to the time of graduation and everyone — all my friends were committing to jobs — and I just realized I was not ready for that yet. ..I packed up my car. I didn’t graduate — I had two weeks left — and I moved out to L.A.,” Pitt said.

He recently told the story to NPR “Fresh Air” Host Terry Gross. Poynter pulls the specific passages out here.

(h/t Kiplinger producer Caitlin Dewey)

 

Bloomberg Goes on BGov Blitz

The marketing efforts for BGov are officially in full swing.  Taking advantage of the hoards of people celebrating St.Pat’s Day and NCAA tournaments, Bloomberg showered downtown D.C. with advertising, giveaways and information today.

If you venture out near the Verizon Center this evening, you’re sure to see their huge, animated screens boasting messages like “BLOOMBERG GOVERNMENT:  ALL THE NEWS AND ANALYSIS YOU NEED TO COMPETE.”  Similar projections are running through rush hour at the Union Station metro stop where BGov staffers offered demos, information and free bottles of water to the area’s lunch crowd this afternoon.

To see an examples of the projection ads running around town, click here.

Newseum’s Inside Media: Stengel and Battaglio

This weekend the Newseum is playing host to two interesting programs.  On Saturday, November 20th at 2.30 pm, Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel will appear at the Knight TV Studio as part of the Newseum’s Inside Media series.  Stengel will discuss the new book “Time: The Illustrated History of the World’s Most Influential Magazine.” 

Then on Sunday at 2.30 pm, Stephen Battaglio, business editor for TV Guide Magazine will discuss his new book “David Susskind: A Televised Life.”

For more info on Stengel’s session click here.  Battaglio’s here.