Niagara Falls:

From the U.S. side, the American Falls can be viewed from walkways along Prospect Point Park, which also features the Prospect Point Park observation tower and a boat dock for the Maid of the Mist. Goat Island offers more views of the falls and is accessible by foot and automobile traffic by bridge above the American Falls. From Goat Island, the Cave of the Winds is accessible by elevator and leads hikers to a point beneath Bridal Veil Falls. Also on Goat Island are the Three Sisters Islands, the Power Portal where a huge statue of Nikola Tesla can be seen, and a walking path which enables views of the rapids, the Niagara River, the gorge, and all of the Falls. Most of these attractions lie within the Niagara Falls State Park.

IT’S WHERE THE BALL ISN’T

IT’S WHERE THE BALL ISN’T

First, let me lead-off this discussion with a disclaimer.

The following are my observations, and not those necessarily of my employer; current ,nor former colleagues. Even Emmy my cat has little stake in this other than a current paycheck keeps her in litter.

It is my firm belief that Sports is NEWS and should be covered visually as if one was writing the game story.

For the visual reporter, your work starts the moment that you receive an assignment for game coverage and not the few hours before setting up in the well or press area.

You now have a laptop, electronic tablet and most important, a smartphone.  Show that your smarter than your phone and use that technology to do your homework on those involved in the NEWS event you are about to cover.

Example:  Ozzie Guillen returns to coach the Mariners after a five-game suspension Tuesday night.  What was the story of the night?

Q.  How many images of protestors outside the stadium moved on the wires prior to the game?  A. 1

Q.  How many images of Ozzie AFTER the game began moved from the dugout, etc. by the 5th inning? A. 1  A vertical that had little-to-no use on the web; mobile or even print.  Understand your market, everything you do has a “Return on Investment” to both you and your employer. Every minute is a deadline on the web.

Photographers did a very nice job of covering Ozzie being interviewed in the dugout prior to the game … then it was back to the game.

A game that no one will remember for the score.

More images will be used the day after and over the following weeks of Ozzie’s return over game action.  What is your market?

If you have a Kobe injured and on the bench…record it for news value.

If you transmit three photos of the cheerleaders before sending horizontal action on deadline (yes this happend a few days ago). We need to discuss news value?

Elements of Sports coverage to act as a guide, If you think the last element should be the first then we might see a brighter future.

Peak action / Telling reaction

Don’t settle for the obvious

Marriage between action and story

Pay attention / Watch the edges!

Vary your position

Know the sport!

Time to clean the litter box.

Barbwire, fences, rails and the law:

Texas law once said: When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing: each train shall come to a full stop and neither train shall proceed until the other has gone. Huh??

A New York City Ordinance prohibited the shooting of rabbits from the rear of a Third Avenue street car if it was in motion. 

Believe it or not, putting salt on a railroad track in Alabama was once punishable by death.

It is considered a misdemeanor offense to throw pickle juice at a trolley in Rhode Island..

In Seattle, Washington, women who sit on men’s laps on trains without placing a pillow between them would face an automatic six-month jail term.

It is against the law for a railroad to remove itself from a town of more than five hundred people in South Carolina.

In Washington state, a dog must have accompanied the cowcatcher to scare livestock from the tracks. 

In West Virginia, it was once illegal to sleep on a train.

If you attack a train in Indiana, you’re gonna be jailed!

In South Dakota, it is illegal to place firecrackers on railroad track. The fine doubles if they are lit. 

In Rhode Island, it is illegal to operate a passenger car between a locomotive and a load of dirt.