Aug 29, 2016

MMMM #550 Olympic Audience Down---& Photography.

Olympics Down

In TV viewership,
"...the 18-to-49-year-old age group coveted by advertisers...the...audience has been 25 percent smaller, according to Bloomberg Intelligence."
 ...and you can blame..Millennials! Again, that age group is confounding traditional business beliefs, from Uber (they love it) to homebuying (not so much). And they're believed to be the reason for the reduced size of the Summer Olympics.



I was talking with a newspaper photographer at the scene of a story recently, and we were discussing the death of photography as a lucrative career. Blame digital. People who used to make a living taking photos of weddings and for Real Estate and  to some extent for newspapers, are out of work.

Digital photography has made amateurs like myself look much better than we may deserve. Take the beautiful shots below...yes, they show the latest night blooming cerus bloom on my deck. If I had been trying to take those photos pre-digital they would have been a mess...and I would not have known it till the film was developed. With digital I take as many shots as I want and see them instantly, re-shooting the bad ones.

     And speaking of photography, today is the day the FAA drone rules go into effect. There are restrictions, but you'll see lot of digital shots in TV news. Forbes reports

The drone must be of a certain size (no heavier than 55 pounds). The drone can’t fly higher than 400 feet. And crowd shots are forbidden – it can’t be used over large groups of people.
Watch Alabama News Network in Montgomery for drones covering news soon...with restrictions.

ALSO: Remember the five police officers shot and killed in Dallas? Well, the Washington Post reports the PD there is being less than forthcoming about releasing information:

Authorities have also refused to release even the most basic information about the slayings, including any details about the weapons used, the autopsy findings and ballistics tests that could establish whether any officers were hit by friendly fire. Police have indicated that such information could be withheld almost indefinitely.


ALSO: Duke Energy--the power company in the Carolinas, wants a judge to hold a hearing to determine the source of a story about coal ash. WNCN TV, a CBS Afilliate, reports:
Such a request is entirely legal but does raise First Amendment question about the freedom of the press, according to Jonathan Jones, an attorney and executive director of the North Carolina Sunshine Center.
“Are they trying to use the court as a tool or a bludgeon to ferret out who the source is?” Jones asked.
Jones said a court inquiry into the AP’s source would be time consuming and could be counter-productive but is allowed under the law since there is no federal shield law protecting reporters from being forced to divulge information about sources and reporting methods.

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