Thursday, November 17th, 2011

25 26 Arrested Reporters and What They Do

Put together by Josh Stearns, this document has been a great resource to track journalists working on Occupy Wall Street stories around the country who've been arrested. So who are they? Only seven of the 25 arrested are full-time employed traditional news-gathering employees. A number were student reporters; a few were interns; a larger number were freelancers. Some work for traditional "objective" news organizations; others work for "non-objective" news organizations, like Alternet and Indypendent Reader. This means something—mostly about the media and what it is now, possibly also who the police perceive as media and relation of reporter to demonstration. But with the exception of a Journal-Sentinel photographer, two AP folks and one Daily News reporter, no major traditional news outlets have (yet!) had staff reporters or photographers arrested. As Erika Fry pointed out last month in CJR, this also has to do with who police departments consider a journalist, and why they decide that. (Turns out, wearing a shirt that says "reporter" doesn't always help in the eyes of the police, as one Rochester student discovered.) A minimum of 40% of people news-gathering who were arrested are women.

• Natasha Lennard: Non-contract freelancer, now not covering politics for the Times.

• Kristen Gwynne: freelance writer and editorial assistant, Alternet.

• Marisa Holmes: Documentary filmmaker and activist, OWS organizer.

• John Farley: multimedia web editor, WNET/Thirteen’s MetroFocus.

• Bob Plain: recently laid off, at the time of the arrest was a digital reporter for WPRO.

• Jonathan Meador, reporter, Nashville Scene.

• Susie Cagle, freelance artist and cartoonist.

• Ian Graham, freelance photographer, RVA Magazine.

• Kristyna Wentz-Graff, staff photographer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.

• Stephanie Pharr, intern, Creative Loafing.

• Alisen Redmond, Kenneshaw State University Sentinel.

• Judith Kim, Georgia State University Signal.

• Jonathan Foster, photographer, Rochester Institute of Technology's student Reporter Magazine.

• Julie Walker, freelancer, NPR.

• Jared Malsin, freelancer, East Village Local The Local East Village (a "collaboration" of often unpaid labor between NYU and the New York Times).

• Unknown, photographer, Agence France-Presse.

• Justin Bishop, photographer on assignment for Vanity Fair.

• Matthew Lysiak, reporter, New York Daily News.

• Karen Matthews, AP reporter.

• Seth Wenig, AP photographer.

• Patrick Hedlund, news editor, DNAinfo.

• Paul Lomax, freelance photographer.

• Doug Higginbotham, a freelance video journalist, TV New Zealand.

• Ryan Harvey, musician, correspondent for Indyreader.

• J.A. Myerson, freelancer, TruthOut.

Keith Gessen, editor, n+1. (Along with "kathleen ross, and sarah leonard of n+1, dissent, and the #ows gazette" as per Charles Petersen. They were not engaged in reporting per se, but in demonstrating. But where do reporting and demonstrating diverge? There will be an essay to tell us about that later, I suspect.)

Keith Gessen arrest photo from this morning by Daniel Massey.

Photo of Rochester Reporter reporter being arrested by Dan DeFelippi.

23 Comments / Post A Comment

brianvan (#149)

The most depressing thing about this (we are sure no one has been severely injured) is that none of the patrol-level police want to be doing this. It's killing their morale. They want no part of this. But it's all orders coming down from the top. If they disregard orders, they lose their jobs. As much as I would like to see the abusive cops jailed, I know there's a lot of guys down there who are utterly depressed about having to follow through with unlawful arrests and riot tactics against unarmed protesters.

In that sense, the fury in this situation is even more bottled up than it seems. This city is asking for a HUGE problem in continuing to deal harshly with the OWS movement. Somebody's gonna snap and the resulting violence will be unbearable. It could even end up with police-on-police violence, which would be quite the shitshow.

And for what? Because Brookfield asked for their inappropriately-owned land back? Because the banks are embarrassed and annoyed by all of this? Ugh.

@brianvan I think you're right about the morale of the street cops. And anyone who's old enough to remember Kent State, as am I, is worrying about violence flaring up. Let's be careful out there, kids.

stuffisthings (#1,352)

@brianvan If only those patrol officers had some kind of organization that was responsible for representing their interests vis-a-vis the city and their superiors. Like some kind of union or something maybe. Someone should look into that!

stuffisthings (#1,352)

@stuffisthings Oh hey they do. A remarkable show of union-Occupy solidarity, that.

thebestjasmine (#168,033)

@brianvan They're also making a ton of overtime from all of these protests, so I don't think it's killing them all that much.

jolie (#16)

I know it's actually not funny at all but is it okay that I'm a little bit laughing that someone from Vanity Fair was arrested? Who's next, a fact-checker from Town & Country?

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@jolie A critic for Garden & Gun

zidaane (#373)

@jolie Not funny either but I'm curious what's in Keith's wallet that looks to be bursting his front pocket.

roboloki (#1,724)

where the hell is balk?

atipofthehat (#797)


Cat Fancier's coverage has been first-rate, thanks to Matted Tabbaiy.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@atipofthehat Beer Advocate's Paul Chugman has penned some fine columns on OWS.

jolie (#16)

@roboloki Choire set him down in front of the TV and turned on some Scooby Doo to keep him quiet.

roboloki (#1,724)

@jolie in my mind's eye i see him wearing a t shirt that says "blogger".

Multiphasic (#411)

Wait, last I heard Susie Cagle was reporting from OO. That woman is a veritable baton-seeking missile.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

I had a similar reaction seeing Jon Meador's name but I think this is a from sea to shining sea list.

jane lane (#13,631)

*Kennesaw State

stuffisthings (#1,352)

Wait, AFP is not a major traditional news outlet now?

daemonsquire (#9,523)

Only so many items can be included after a "But with the exception of" clause, before it topples.

daemonsquire (#9,523)

I was about to inquire into an internship at Creative Loafing, 'til I realized that would entail an actual job.

stuffisthings (#1,352)

@daemonsquire I was going to name my erotic bakery "Creative Loafing" before I realized it was already a thing.

My co-worker Jonathan Meador caught his arrest on video. He wrote about it! (He also caught his arrest on video with a Flip cam that, amazingly, the state trooper put back in his pocket.)

Oh, and you might add the name Malina Chavez-Shannon to your list:

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