Show Me the Money
This article should be meaningful to future journalists, especially in the field of TV reporting because this seems to be the number one reason individuals steer clear of this job, finances. When you get out of college the one thing that every student hopes they have is money. No matter what job they expect enough money for them to jump start their life right away. This does not happen. The entry-level job that most students seek isn’t to be rich and start their lives right away but to build your resume to pursue bigger opportunities. One thing that really worried me when I was deciding on what I wanted to do was whether or not I would be able to have a successful life and not be living in a box somewhere. Every TV reporter that I have spoken to has told me that you’re going to start off somewhere small, not make a lot of money, doing all the work yourself, and living in a small place due to finances. But, the positive to that is you are more admirable to future employees in bigger markets. If your someone like Mike Bush or Matt Lauer, who started out in Kentucky as the sole Sports Anchor, Director, Reporter at a station. Then when you move up to a station like Channel 5 in St. Louis, then things seem to be worth it in the end.
No matter what the salary, the fear of living doesn’t change my decision on what I want to do. Money doesn’t matter if you aren’t happy with your career.
Most have been writing about fair use with Youtube videos and the greatest example I can pull out is the video from the marathon bombing.
This was most recently used when the explosion happened I was producing that day. We needed VO for the story and the only way I could think to get some quick would be from Youtube. I pulled footage, we only used for a brief period but still the question arises. Can I use video from Youtube for free use? After reading the article I can understand the explanation of not being able to use it unless the owner gives permission but for something as breaking news like the explosion story I think that there should be exceptions. If individuals are able to go around and shoot video on their phone and post it on the internet then why wouldn’t we be able to use it? As long as there is no financial gain from the product being used then where is the problem? The gray area that is aligned in this scenario would be lawsuits. Today you can sue for anything and something as personal as a video shot can cause a mess of problems. In the article I can see where the point of view is saying it shouldn’t be fair use, but something with breaking news filmed from a phone or video camera, in my opinion, is okay.