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Photojournalism

KSTP Photographer Will Ask Minneapolis PD for Independent Investigation of Occupy Incident

The KSTP photographer involved in an altercation with a police officer at an Occupy Minneapolis rally will ask the police department to refer the matter to the city attorney for an independent investigation into the incident, the station says.

Chad Nelson will meet with the Minneapolis Police Department’s internal affairs division today. Nelson was covering the Occupy Minneapolis rally over the weekend when he was violently shoved by a police officer, knocking his camera to the ground. Earlier this week, police chief Timothy Dolan called Nelson and apologized to him for the incident, according to KSTP.

“From my preliminary review of the video regarding Mr. Nelson, the officer’s interference does not appear to be necessary,” Dolan said in a statement earlier this week. “If that is the case, I’m very disappointed.” Read more

Cop Attacks KSTP Videographer

As police arrested protesters at an Occupy Minneapolis rally on Saturday night, one officer attacked a KSTP videographer as he attempted to film the arrests.

In an amateur video (above) of the altercation, a police officer can be seen violently shoving KSTP videographer Chad Nelson, knocking his camera to the ground. Read more

Chicago Mayor Institutes No Handcuffing Policy for Reporters, Following Incident with WGN’s Dan Ponce

Following an incident in which Chicago police handcuffed WGN reporter Dan Ponce, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said this week that he doesn’t “believe in handcuffing reporters.”

“Whether I like what you write or whether I like what you report, you have an essential role in telling the truth,” Emanuel said to a group of reporters on Monday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  “I want to say this: You won’t be handcuffed. That I can assure you today.”

A little over a week ago, Ponce and WMAQ photographer Donte Williams were handcuffed outside of a hospital as they attempted to report on the murder of a six-year-old girl.  Police detained the pair while they were situated on a median in a street alongside the hospital. Read more

Photojournalist to Retire After 55 Years at KSTP

KSTP photojournalist Brad Jacobs announced that he will retire next month after 55 years with the Minneapolis ABC-affiliate.

“My job has been like an ongoing college education, learning so much and meeting newsmakers,” Jacobs said in a statement. “Where else can you go and see so much firsthand?”

Jacobs, who will officially retire on April 20, joined Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSTP on April 14, 1957.

“Loyal staff members are a great asset to any organization,” Hubbard Broadcasting chairman Stanley Hubbard said in a statement. “However, loyal staff members who continue to show their loyalty and their dedication to excellence for 55 years in one organization exemplify the best.”

Local Reporter and Photographer Detained by Chicago PD: ‘Your First Amendment Rights Have Limitations’

Chicago police took WGN reporter Dan Ponce and WMAQ photographer Donte Williams into custody on Saturday, saying the two were “creating a scene” outside of Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Ponce and Williams, who were part of a media contingent covering the fatal shooting of a six-year-old girl, were handcuffed by an officer after they refused to move farther away from the hospital (video above). “You first amendment rights can be terminated if you create a scene,” the officer told them. “Your first amendment rights have limitations.” Read more

Here’s a Guide to What TV News Photographers Do (and What People Think They Do)

Here’s a handy guide to what TV news photographers do. [Via TVNewsCheck]

KGW Captures Attack on KOIN Photographer

Local news crews were at a Portland courthouse, covering a fatal hit-and-run case, when a man who had just been released from jail began harassing the photographers from KGW and KOIN.

When the KOIN photographer decided to call 9-1-1, the man tried to stomp on his camera.  As KGW’s camera rolled, the KOIN photog scuffled with the man and eventually tackled him to the ground, holding him there until police arrived (video inside). Read more

Charges Against WITI Photojournalist Dropped

Charges were dropped this week against WITI photojournalist Clint Fillinger, who was arrested back in September while filming at the scene of a house fire.

Fillinger, 68, was clearly outside of the yellow police tape, standing next to a group of onlookers, when a Milwaukee police officer began hassling him about filming at the scene.

After being backed down for several yards, Fillinger briefly touched the officer in a defensive motion–a move that sparked the cop to knock Fillinger to the ground and arrest him (video here).  He was charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer. WITI management, along with the NPPA, protested the charges.

WITI reported on the dropped charges during its evening newscasts on Wednesday.

KATU Camera Stolen at Occupy Demonstration

A KATU news crew had a camera stolen while covering an Occupy Portland demonstration this week.

On Monday, Occupy protestors gathered at the Port of Portland, shutting down three of its four terminals.  Amid the demonstration, police arrested a handful of unruly people, including one man who stole a pick-up truck from the scene of a car crash and used it to transport a group on their way to the port.

While details of the theft are scarce, KATU general manager John Tamerlano told TVSpy that the station is working with the Portland police department to recover the stolen equipment, which has been valued at around $25,000. Read more

KOVR Reporter’s First-Hand Account of UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident: ‘I Was Shocked’

KOVR reporter Checkey Beckford and photojournalist Dennis Marin were at the center of a news story that has swept across the country this week–so close that they felt the sting of pepper spray.

Beckford and Marin were positioned right behind a row of seated UC Davis students as a police officer in riot gear methodically dusted them with an orange stream of pepper spray last Friday afternoon. Beckford and Marin had a front row seat to an incident that has had major ramifications for the university and its community, one that has sparked a national debate and become a symbol for the Occupy protest as a whole. Read more

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