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WNET/MetroFocus Reporter Calls Arrest at Occupy Wall Street Protest ‘Pretty Terrifying’

A young reporter got caught in the crosshairs of a chaotic scene in Lower Manhattan. John Farley (left) of WNET’s new online local news magazine, MetroFocus was at the Occupy Wall Street protests on September 24th. He had covered the demonstrations when they began a week earlier.

His story angle last weekend was citizen journalism, but Farley moments later would become the story. After cops allegedly shot pepper spray at two women, Farley approached them for an interview to find out what happened.

Despite using his reporter instincts, Farley found himself being busted for civil disobedience. Dozens were taken into custody and brought to the First Precinct.

While many citizen journalists were arrested, Farley contends that he was the only legitimate journalist to be handcuffed with plastic ties.

“[I was] surprised,” Farley tells FishbowlNY. “I pulled out my employee ID card and showed them my audio recorder.”

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WNET Launches Local News Website–MetroFocus

Beginning today, WNET New York Public Media, the parent company of Channel 13 and Channel 21/WLIW, goes live with local news website MetroFocus (www.thirteen.org/metrofocus). Billing itself as news, culture, and life in around New York, this marks the first phase of a mulitplatform initiative for MetroFocus.  

On the home page, visitors can examine top stories and a roundup of local news from other sources.  

In addition to timely news stories, the inaugural content on the MetroFocus website will feature reporting from the investigative journalism nonprofit City Limits about poverty in New York on the 15-year anniversary of welfare reform.

“If we want to stay relevant to the communities where we operate, we need to serve them better,” WNET president and CEO Neal Shapiro said. “That’s why we’re enhancing WNET’s legacy of top-quality national programming with our commitment to coverage of the local issues, tensions and challenges facing people in the tri-state region.”

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Can’t Find A Job In Media? Volunteer Your Time For A Cause

Just because you’re unemployed or underemployed doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference in the world. And, even if in the long run it won’t pay your bills, doing something that gives back to the community can have infinite rewards.

As our sister site MediaJobsDaily said, when recounting the story of super volunteer and go-getter Laura van Straaten, it’s amazing that “somebody was able to make this thing basically by sheer force of will.”

That “thing” was a CPR training course in New York City, which the underemployed van Straaten developed pro bono along with the Mayor’s office, the Fire Department and New York Sports Clubs. The program, FDNY CPR To Go, offers free CPR classes to all and launched earlier this month — a tribute to van Straaten’s efforts over the past year. As our colleagues at MJD so succinctly put it:

“Where there was not a thing, a program, a class, a benefit to her fellow neighbors, now there is. And you don’t need a job to do that (though getting paid helps); you just need to find something that should exist but doesn’t, and then make it exist.”

When A Citizen Feels Impelled To HelpNew York Times

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