Reuters photographer Joshua Roberts was hounded out of a Congressional hearing for doing his job. How will the incident impact other photographers?
After Republican Congressmen called out Reuters photographer Joshua Roberts last week for photographing items on the desk of a House Judiciary Committee member, Twitter trolls erupted in anger and Roberts ended up leaving the hearing “voluntarily.” As it turned out, Roberts had broken no rules, and was just doing his job within ethical bounds, according to several of his colleagues.
The dispute has grown lately between the press and organized sports over issues like how reporters cover teams, who owns the rights to photographs, audio and video that journalists gather at sports events, and whether someone who writes only blogs should be given access to the locker room.
The explosion of new media, especially with regard to advertising income, has made competitors out of two traditional allies — news media and professional sports.
At the heart of the issue, which people on both sides alternately describe as a commercial dispute and a First Amendment fight, is a simple question: Who owns sports coverage?