Whether an employer claims ownership of a social media account or not, they cannot ‘own’ the relationship between users and that account. And there will be as many relationships as users. Some passive; some collaborative; some neglected; some exploitative.
You shouldn’t state your political preferences or say anything that compromises your impartiality. Don’t sound off about things in an openly partisan way. Don’t be seduced by the informality of social media into bringing the BBC into disrepute. Don’t criticise your colleagues. Don’t reveal confidential BBC information. Don’t surreptitiously sanitise Wikipedia pages about the BBC.
Constant, real-time internet deadlines combined with satellite transmission technology mean that it is both desirable and possible to transmit images quickly.
The photographers must use good judgment as to when to keep making pictures and when to peel off to transmit. Sometimes one photographer on a story is asked to file their images early, allowing others to spend more time with the subjects. We always strive to be ‘first, right and relevant’; get great images that are relevant and accurate and deliver them first. So there is pressure to file early, however there’s no point getting inaccurate, irrelevant photos sent in record time as they’ll get lost within hours if not minutes.
Tony Hicks, Regional Photo Editor for Europe and Africa at the Associated Press, explaining one of the ways photojournalism has changed in the digital age.
He’s responding to questions from Phil Coomes, BBC Pictures Editor, who’s exploring how photojournalists can get noticed when organizations such as his receive more than 8,000 images per day from wire services, on top of what their own photographers and freelancers are submitting.
Phil Coomes, BBC, Drowning in Pictures.
Rodney Benson and doctoral student Matthew Powers surveyed public media systems in 14 countries for a Free Press report that documents this. In every Western European democracy they examined, public broadcasting channels attract at least a third of the national TV audience. Public spending per capita on media in all 14 countries ranges from $30 to $134 a year. In the U.S., that figure is less than $4. It goes up to about $9 when individual and corporate donations are included.
In all 14 countries, public media offered higher quality coverage of public affairs, more critical coverage of government and a wider diversity of viewpoints than their commercial counterparts (a pattern that holds for NPR). And these foreign public media stations have the freedom to schedule news programming during prime time, a luxury not afforded to the American viewer who doesn’t get home from work in time to watch the nightly news — at 5:30.
As a result, studies show that the level of knowledge about public affairs in many of these countries is both higher than it is in the U.S. and more equitably spread across education, class, race, ethnicity and gender.
American writing, for example, beguiles and exasperates in equal measure. Its newspapers - with one or two exceptions - are awful.
Endless sub-clauses roam across prairies of newsprint in search of the point, like homesteader wagons on the Oregon trail circling around a knackered old buffalo.