Re: Al Jazeera photos
Brian McNeil <brian.mcneil <at> wikinewsie.org>
2011-12-08 21:24:32 GMT
I've "spammed" this on-wiki:
What Al Jazeera is offering is *not* to be sniffed at! Personally, I
would love if their "act of good faith" pays off. It's an extremely
shrewd move, but with some associated risks.
AP, Reuters, AFP, et-al, now have to deal with an upstart Mid-East-based
competitor who is *giving away* all but the cream of their photo/video
journalism work. It goes into relevant Wikipedia articles, a
million-and-one blogs, and proves that information=>knowledge=power.
Given my upbringing, I'd love to beat the BBC over the head with this
and force them to do the same. It, sadly, isn't about to happen.
I'll probably greatly upset some of my Wikinews colleagues on the
western side of the Atlantic, but I see a possibility of Wikinews
working with Al Jazeera. That provocative statement is based on the fact
that Al J. could readily put a few Western journalists in situations
where, alone, they'd get shot just for where they came from.
Geopolitical news of global importance comes from places which are
no-one's comfort zone. Wikinews should support people taking the risks
to go to such places by using their reportage.
Al Jazeera, you've followed the wiki axiom, "Be Bold". I sure as hell
hope it works out for you!
On Sat, 2011-12-03 at 19:10 -0400, bawolff wrote: