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Posts Tagged ‘Martin Beck’

Reporter, Editor Revisit Their Coverage of Occupy LA

During a special live chat sponsored on Thursday by Poynter, LA Times reporter Kate Linthicum and reader engagement editor Martin Beck discussed the role that Twitter and Facebook played in their coverage of the Occupy LA movement.

Beck mentioned that to locate the best hashtags and thus monitor the most dynamic Twitter eyewitness accounts, one of his favorite tools was and remains He also said that both TweetDeck and Hoot Suite were invaluable in helping parse the identified, trustworthy Tweeters.

As a reporter, Linthicum figured out ways to take full advantage of the army of Ustream-ers:

“I would walk around camp and ask the people with cameras for their Twitter handles. I’d know when they were posting videos online, and then I could monitor what was going on from my computer, even when I wasn’t at the camp…”

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LA Times Apologizes for Illicit Use of Angry Birds Photo

On behalf of his pal, freelance Finnish photographer Matti Matikainen, English-language blogger Kaari Kuuka minced no words Wednesday when he wrote about the unpaid use by the LA Times and others of a December 6 photo depicting the chief marketing officer of Angry Birds developer Rovio (pictured), together with the exec’s wife. The post was titled: “LA Times et al.: Do You Have to Suck the Sweat out of my Balls now that I am Dead?

Today, Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat has a fascinating summary of what transpired in the wake of the blog post. According to the piece, LA Times readers rep Martin Beck apologized and helped speed arrangements for the standard payment of $50 to Matikainen’s foreign rights agent, Polaris. Also, there was apparently only one international outlet that offered unsolicited payment for use of the picture first published on a Danish tabloid website–The Huffington Post:

Matikainen also says that CNN contacted him by email and asked for permission to use his image free of charge. Matikainen told CNN to contact Polaris. He did not receive any further emails from CNN.

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