Al Tompkins

What to Do When Police Tell You to Stop Shooting

From: Al Tompkins / Poynter.org A recent Gizmodo story, “Are Cameras the New Guns?,” created quite a stir in journalism circles recently. Gizmodo found that there appears to be an increase in the number of citizens arrested for filming abuse by police, or just police in action: “In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity….

How to Handle Photos of Flag-Draped Coffins

From: Al Tompkins, Poynter.org Flag-draped coffins arrive from Iraq and Afghanistan every week — mostly out of public sight. While the Bush administration banned photographs of the arrival ceremonies, the Obama administration is now considering lifting the ban. This raises several important questions for journalists: What should our response be if the ban is lifted? How would we explain the importance of the photographs to the public? How will we…

OMB Tells His Secret to Creative Storytelling

From: Al Tompkins, Poynter.org “A YouTube video of KGTV’s Joe Little has been making the rounds lately. Inside of one week, four people sent it to me. Little works as a one-man band. In other words, he shoots his own video, reports the story and edits it.” Al Tompkins interviews Little to get some insight into his creative process… and explains the situations in which he’d love to have a…

BBC Edit of Obama Speech Raises Ethical Issues

From: Al Tompkins, Poynter.org A recent BBC show has raised controversy about ethical editing of speeches. “The BBC’s Newsnight show recently opened with what seemed like a single soundbite from President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech. As it turns out, though, the BBC used three different parts of the inauguration speech and edited them together to create the soundbite. In listening to the audio, it’s not clear that it had been…

CNN Show Written, Edited, Produced by Photojournalists

From: Al Tompkins, Poynter.org There are only a few things I am sure of in the world of journalism, but this is one of them: In 2009, journalists will be capturing more video and working alone more often. ThisĀ is already happening in local TV, in the newspaper and online worlds, and as you are about to see, even CNN’s photojournalists are out there producing entire shows by themselves. CNN photojournalist…