Reader’s view: Networks commonly pay for news video footageI was dismayed at the views expressed in the News Tribune’s Nov. 8 “Our View” editorial, which was headlined, “Miraculous story sullied by big bucks.”
I was dismayed at the views expressed in the News Tribune’s Nov. 8 “Our View” editorial, which was headlined, “Miraculous story sullied by big bucks.”
I have been a videographer for more than 30 years, having worked in the network broadcast industry and as a freelance videographer. Paying for footage of an event that is considered newsworthy is common practice and has been for decades. Not every event reported in the media is speculation and “checkbook journalism.” Anyone who thinks that all the footage seen on network news every night was donated to the networks is wrong.
Naturally, the network is going to “hastily” arrange a trip to New York if it wants to interview the participants in a timely manner.
The people involved did not create an accident to make a profit or headlines. They were involved in an event from which they fortunately walked away. Their concern for future safety measures and receiving compensation for their story are two completely separate items. To suggest any skydiver or pilot involved isn’t concerned with safety and taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again is irresponsible on the part of the newspaper.