Multiple sources described a clash between Corkery and photo editor Alex Hitchen over a mandated weekly graveyard shift that usually involves fires and crime scenes—not exactly the stuff of Corkery's portfolio.(1)
Burns, a 50-year-old New Jersey resident and volunteer firefighter, accuses News photo managing editor and National Enquirer alumnus Alexander Hitchen, who joined the paper last summer, of stiffing him on cost reimbursement and triggering anxiety attacks and high blood pressure.(4)
A handful of these photojournalists—about five or six, according to people familiar with the situation—have been offered salaried positions with benefits starting Jan. 1. The remaining dozen or so will lose the regular full-time schedules they've had for years, sources said.(1)
I think it went too far. It's hard to tell though from the photo how close or far the photographer was to the victim. It's clearly cropped and zoomed somewhat, so perhaps he couldn't help the man anyway? Additionally, the man was removed from the tracks alive, he died later of his injuries. The photographer could not have known that the man would die.(9)
Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, has written a letter to New York City Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne about the arrest last night of New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik, who says he had his camera confiscated and was roughed up by police while documenting the arrest of a teenager in the Bronx.(3)
The paper's pool of regular freelance photographers, including more than a dozen who work full-time hours for the tabloid on set day-rates but are not salaried employees with benefits, were recently asked to sign a new contract by July 31 in order to continue receiving assignments after that date. They find certain aspects of the contract, which was shared with Capital, to be particularly onerous. In particular: It reduces the ability of photographers to resell their work, something that has long been considered a staple of their compensation because the base pay can be as little as $150 per day.(8)
'Daily News' hires Alexander Hitchen, 'Enquirer' reporter who broke the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter scandal wide open
He brings with him a sensibility for the types of salacious, eye-popping tabloid stories that are also the stock-in-trade of News editor (and fellow Briton) Colin Myler, who previously edited the U.K. Sunday tabloid News of the World before News Corp. shut it down at the height of the phone-hacking scandal last summer.(1)
This month marks nine years since the American invasion of Baghdad. While the United States military mission in Iraq officially ended in December, the impact of war will continue to reverberate for many years to come, both for those who fought it and with those who witnessed it. The latter group was the focus at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on Wednesday night, where the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma hosted a panel of Iraq war journalists—many of whom came of age, both professionally and personally, during their time there.
Weegee, the founding father of contemporary American crime photojournalism, gets a close-up at I.C.P.
In one particular photo at the exhibit Weegee: Murder Is My Business (at the International Center for Photography through September 2), one can see all that made the pioneering photojournalist an icon of the early 20th century’s underbelly. Taken at the scene of a murder, the photo shows a woman is swooning in the midst of a crowd of children. The kids, just out from school, lend the picture its title, Their First Murder. The woman, who is the victim’s aunt, gives it a fulcrum around which the children’s nervous energy surges. This is Weegee at his best, providing a hard-boiled chronicle of city life and death, while also managing to elevate such human drama to the level of lasting art. It was a trick the famed photographer rarely let people forget he possessed.
A tipster forwarded us this Associated Press photo that paints a pretty vivid picture of what happened in the worst altercations between police and photojournalists on Nov. 17, after the clearing of Zuccotti Park resulted in several days of protests throughout lower Manhattan and elsewhere (see comments for a sort-of update):
The panelists were introduced as “human rights photographers,” referred to as journalists, and suggested by one student to be advocates. They projected anthropological curiosity and artistic sensibility. Much conversation sprung from trying to figure out exactly what they are and what they are doing.