Here’s an explanation that might not satisfy everyone.
But give it a try.
WSAV reporter Alex Bozarjian was doing a live report on a road race in Savannah, Georgia on Dec. 7, when a passing runner, later identified as Thomas Callaway, a Boy Scout leader and church youth volunteer, appeared to reach out and smack her on the butt.
To be clear, the behaviour is in no way acceptable: just because you’re doing your job in a public place doesn’t mean there’s an open season on unwanted physical contact or even shouted obscenities.
As Bozarjian’s employers were quick to point out: “The conduct displayed toward Alex Bozarjian during her live coverage of Saturday’s Savannah Bridge Run was reprehensible and completely unacceptable … No one should ever be disrespected in this manner. The safety and protection of our employees is WSAV-TV’s highest priority.”
The sooner people in the public — particularly star-struck oafish males who have a lot of growing up to do — recognize that and modify their behaviour, the better for us all.
There are a host of different headlines about the case: “Runner who allegedly smacked TV reporter’s backside charged with sexual battery”, “Runner who allegedly sexually assaulted reporter has been arrested”, “Man accused of slapping reporter’s backside on air charged with sexual battery”.
And that’s where things get interesting.
Social media, where video of the situation took off internationally, has since had some interesting questions not only about Callaway’s behaviour, but about the way the news media reported the event.
Here’s a sample that explains the new issue succinctly: “Just wish they’d stop putting ‘accused’ and ‘alleged’ before his name WE HAVE IT ON VIDEO.”
So, why “alleged”? Why “accused”?
The reason is both simple and complicated; criminal charges are involved.
And that changes everything,
The western justice system is based on the presumption of innocence.
Accurately reporting on cases in that justice system involves recognizing that people accused of crimes are innocent until those crimes are proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
It sounds like splitting hairs, but it’s both arcane and necessary.
The facts are, in many ways, not in a great amount of dispute: the television reporter says she was slapped on the backside, the video shows that happening, and the man involved admits his did something he shouldn’t have done (although he maintains he touched her lower back).
But, right now, the media can’t actually report that Callaway committed a sexual assault, because it wouldn’t be accurate.
You can argue that there’s a pretty good chance that, given the available evidence so far, there’s a pretty good likelihood Callaway will plead guilty or be convicted.
But his conviction is not our job.
Sure, it’s frustrating.
But the media is not a substitute for the justice system, nor should it be.
And neither, by the way, is social media.
ARHT Media Enters into Strategic Partnership with Digital Nation Entertainment LLC – GlobeNewswire
TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ARHT Media Inc. (“ARHT” or “the Company”) (TSXV:ART), the global leader in the development, production and distribution of high-quality, low latency hologram and digital content, is pleased announce that it has formed a Strategic Partnership with Los Angeles based Digital Nation Entertainment (DNE). As part of this agreement, Digital Nation Entertainment has selected ARHT Media’s HoloPresence Display system as well as a complete Capture Studio system, to provide their cutting-edge hologram technology solution for each of their currently deployed activations.
Digital Nation Entertainment is a mixed reality production and entertainment network inspired by the limitless potential of gaming, storytelling and technology. DNE is building the framework for the immersive entertainment of the future, including volumetric video, mixed reality and digital entertainment.
“Following a very successful activation with ARHT Media in Q1 2020, they became the logical strategic partner to deliver life sized and life like interactive holograms for our growing list of international clients, “commented DNE CEO Craig Evans, “Our latest collaboration is already generating significant buzz.”
“DNE are masters of marrying great storytelling with technology that delivers a unique experience like no other, “said ARHT CEO Larry O’Reilly, “And we have the bonus of having trained their techs on how to deliver our technology, which increases our pool of talent to delight our clients and theirs.”
About ARHT Media
ARHT Media’s patented HoloPresence technology is a complete end-to-end solution that creates a sense of presence for audiences – as though the holographic presenter was actually live in the room. With no noticeable latency, ARHT Media makes two-way live communication with a 3D holographic presenter anywhere in the world possible. We can also playback pre-recorded content and 3D animations on our HoloPresence displays to deliver rich holographic experiences. Add to this our capability to stream the same content online on our premium Virtual Global StageTM.
ARHT Media trades under the symbol “ART” on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange.
This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, disclosure related to the Company’s sales funnel; the Company’s technology; the potential uses for the Company’s technology; the future planned events using the Company’s technology; the future success of the Company; the ability of the Company to monetize the ARHT Media technology; the development of the Company’s technology; and interest from parties in ARHT’s products. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved”. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including but not limited to: general business, economic and competitive uncertainties; regulatory risks; risks inherent in technology operations; and other risks of the technology industry. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
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VOCM Receives Media Award for Coverage of Mental Health Issues – VOCM
VOCM News has been recognized by the Canadian Mental Health Association with their Media Award for 2020.
The award recognizes a person, group, or organization that has shown outstanding quality promotion and awareness of mental health issues in the province.
The CMHA-NL calls VOCM a “great corporate and community citizen using its platform to raise awareness of mental health issues, promote available supports, and reduce stigma.”
Board member Ronalda Walsh says the award is a way to recognize those efforts.
The award was presented yesterday at the CMHA-NL’s annual general meeting.
Kitchener joins other councils in supporting value of local media – TheRecord.com
KITCHENER — Kitchener council unanimously passed a resolution Monday affirming the value of local news media.
The resolution, introduced by Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, endorses laws and regulations to support and rejuvenate news outlets across Canada and urges Ottawa to move quickly to support an ecosystem for a healthy news media.
“The local media really is what ultimately protects our democracies,” Vrbanovic said. “And having a strong media helps ensure that the tough questions get asked,” and that elected politicians and public servants are held accountable.
The resolution was the brainchild of a group of retired Waterloo Region journalists who have started a grassroots campaign calling for measures to ensure the country continues to enjoy the benefits of a thriving news media, which has been hard hit by declining revenues.
All 12 of the local councils have passed similar resolutions, as have councils in Hamilton, Windsor, Kingston and elsewhere.
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