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MINNEAPOLIS, MN (September 2, 2008) – Associated Press photojournalist and NPPA member Matt Rourke, along with Democracy Now! television and radio host Amy Goodman and two of her producers, were released from a county jail a few hours after they were arrested Monday while covering an anti-war march during the first day of the Republican National Convention.

In addition, two University of Kentucky students and the photography advisor for the UK student newspaper, along with a freelancer shooting for Atlas Press, were also arrested while photographing protesters.

Rourke told News Photographer magazine tonight that when he got out of jail he had a drink and “tried to wash off all the pepper spray and get some sleep.”

And yet by Tuesday night he was back on the police lines with cameras covering protesters about six blocks from the convention site. “It was a low-key night” compared to Monday, Rourke said. “The police were throwing flash grenades, which are deafening, and a little pepper spray.” But tonight the photographer didn’t get arrested. He laughed, “I had specific instructions not to!” [via NPPA]

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From the NPPA:

WASHINGTON, DC (July 31, 2008) – The federal shield law for journalists that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) promised to bring before the Senate before the summer recess, was stalled by Senate Republicans in a 51-to-43 vote that failed to move the legislation forward. The bill needed at least 60 votes in favor to proceed.

The bill could have a better chance of moving forward after the presidential election, because both party’s presumptive candidates have expressed support for it while the Bush Administration has threatened to veto it.

The Free Flow of Information Act, as it is called, would protect journalists from having to reveal sources in federal court. [via NPPA]

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Update via NPPA:

The long-standing “Truth With A Camera” workshop that Edom Foundation director Dr. Vme Edom Smith back in January said was cancelled for 2008 has been revived by two photojournalists who work for The Virginian-Pilot. …

…The new workshops are planned for the City of Santiago in the Dominican Republic for October 2008, and Camarines Sur in the Philippines in 2009. Dates are yet to be determined for workshops in Ecuador and Kenya….

…Katz and Tyree are picking up the mission statement for the “Truth With A Camera” workshop that has served the seminar since the time it was founded 14 years ago to continue the work of Clifton C. and Vi Edom. The mission statement for the workshop is to “educate photojournalists, not only in current technologies, but in understanding cultural differences and similarities and to contribute to truth, ethics, and social justice.”

For more information see www.truthwithacamera.org.

Via the NPPA:

This year’s Women in Photojournalism Conference is a unique blend of traditional photojournalism offerings and new multimedia and video ideas, 2008 television conference chair Pat Holloway says.

And online registration for the conference is now available here. …

“We have talented speakers who will inspire and rekindle your own commitment to the craft. We provide workshops to give you real tools for success. Boundaries will be broken between students and seasoned professional and new friendships made,” Holloway said.

The 19th annual Women in Photojournalism Conference will be held August 8-10, 2008, at the Astor Crowne Plaza hotel in New Orleans, LA. The even is sponsored by Nikon, Canon, Avid, and the National Press Photographers Association.

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According to NPPA, print media is not the place to look for jobs right now.

The Baltimore Sun will cut 100 jobs by August to reduce costs, the publisher told employees, reducing the workforce through voluntary buy-outs, layoffs, attrition, and closing job positions that have been left open.

In the fourth round of job cutbacks since 2005, the Chicago Tribune announced that 80 more positions will be cut from its newsroom staff by the end of August.

About 60 jobs and nearly 25 percent of its news pages will be cut by The Hartford Courant, the country’s oldest continuously published newspaper, as the decline in advertising revenue continues to hit newspapers hard across America. The Courant reports that by July 31 the newsroom staff will be cut from 232 to about 175 people, the “deepest cuts in the news operation since the Internet began challenging newspapers for advertisers.”

More than 300 workers will be cut from the payroll at The Palm Beach Post.

the Los Angeles Times has announced that 250 more jobs will be cut including 150 in the print and online newsrooms. It’s not known how many of those cuts will come from the photography staff.

Stay tuned for more.