A world of witnesses, a world of reporters
Bob Calo, an associate professor at the graduate school of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, said that there had been something of a reversal in the news-gathering process. “If you think back, news gatherers would get the story and then commission a photographer to go and get the pictures,” he said. “Now we have flipped it around to where reporters are chasing the pictures, trying to create some context for what viewers are seeing.”
We are all reporters. I’ve written often that I wonder what would have been different if I’d had a camera or cameraphone with me at the World Trade Center on 9/11: An event viewed from a rooftop three miles away would have been viewed from a human level instead.
: Meanwhile, Punditguy sends a link to this dramatic tourist video of the wave engulfing a resort and these photos. Those photos are taken by an American in Thailand named Ernest and if you scroll down on his blog, you will read how he ended up in Phuket. This makes the news very human.