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I want to cover the oli spill in the Gulf

I want to cover the oil spill in the Gulf currently happening in the Gulf of Mexico. I’m looking on suggestions on outlets for the photos and story, along with any and all feedback and suggestions on the story as a whole.

by Adam Harris at 2010-05-03 15:52:09 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

03 May 2010 00:05
“I want to cover the oil spill in the Gulf”

With a tarp?

by James Colburn | 03 May 2010 21:05 | McAllen, Texas, United States | | Report spam→
First, I am not an expert by any means, but I suggest you might want to google (Google News) to see what is being covered in the US first if you have not done so.

I have noticed a few articles in an Austrian paper I have been reading for the past few weeks (I started reading the paper because I did not know a big news in Poland a few weeks ago and because I need to improve my German and I don`t want to buy a TV set.) Now the German-speaking papers all use the term Ölpest for this disaster of the oil spill in the Gulf. That sounds more serious than the Oil Spill. The paper I read uses Reuters/AP photos, but the article has been written by their own correspondents in the US. Therefore you might have a chance in selling your photos in Europe where there is interst, but they are not sending their photographers. You can google with Ölpest to find who are covering the subject and to see who are using Reuters/AP/other agency photos.

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 03 May 2010 21:05 | Vienna, Austria | | Report spam→
James, a submarine? Thats where all the action is, underwater, because no one knows where is oil is.

Seriously, its a media feeding frenzy over nothing right now….more photographers than subjects. Over in St. Bernard this morning the fisherman were spooked when one after another photographer popped out of their car. They are not used to strangers here.

Everyone is looking for an oiled bird— it would be funny if it wasn’t so sad, because BP and Halliburton really fucked up on this and we are screwed. But as far as photography goes, there isn’t much happening here today.

by [former member] | 03 May 2010 21:05 | | Report spam→
Looks like you’ve got plenty time to get there anyway, doesn’t seem like that thing is going to relent any time soon. Or get fixed.

by Grant Thistle | 04 May 2010 11:05 | Glasgow, Scotland., United Kingdom | | Report spam→
This environmental catastrophe is one of the two front page news today in Die Press. It has a front page photo with a summary article by Reuters with a photo, and two more pages inside with a total of three more articles, one of which was by their own correspondent now in Lousiana. There is an oil-soaked bird photo inside, which was being helped in Fort Jackson. There is an illustration from the NYT being used with every text in German. The oil spread is not reaching New Orleans yet, but is spreading toward the coast of Mississippi and Lousiana. As Grant says, it takes a while to get a total picture of this disaster as it spreads.

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 04 May 2010 12:05 (ed. May 4 2010) | Vienna, Austria | | Report spam→

With reference to the end of this article, head out there for June and you might catch oil literally raining from the skies. Although, at least they admitted that the hope that a hurricane might come along and sort it out is counter-intuitive. Surely that would just move it from the Ocean and put it everywhere else? Hurricanes are bad enough, without them pelting oil slick all over the place as opposed to water..I sincerely hope this isn’t the best plan going.

by Grant Thistle | 04 May 2010 12:05 | Glasgow, Scotland., United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Absolutely Grant, everyone covering this is grasping at straws right now.

The one oil soaked bird (and I am not minimized any of the effects of this on wildlife) is the only affected animal so far….there have been over 300 media requests of the Wild Life and Fisheries PR flak, for rides on boats that will be picking up animals, although there are none yet to be found.

But the other story, the one that no one is telling, is that there are not nearly enough booms or oil dispersal chemicals (which are toxic anyway) to go around…..in other words despite over 3,000 oil wells in the Gulf, there is not enough equipment on hand to deal with a catastrophe of this magnitude, and the fisherman who want to work at putting out booms in St. Bernard have been offered a contract that precludes their right to sue BP— this also has not been reported.

The fault here is not the photographers, its that the media has become even more one-dimensional than it was in the 90’s. Everything is a pre-scripted….this is an oil story, find us some birds…

Not only is the “press” an enormous beast, its a dumb beast too, and its not pretty to see how it operates up close.

by [former member] | 04 May 2010 14:05 (ed. May 4 2010) | | Report spam→
I believe that contract has already been thrown out Andy, well that’s what they said on the news here anyway.

by Stephen Dickson | 05 May 2010 10:05 | Home, New Zealand | | Report spam→
You’d think a company like BP, that made US$6B (Billion) last quarter could throw some money at this. Perhaps a billion dollars? Right, just get it in one dollar bills and pitch it on top of the mess. The dollars would soak up the oil and then they could skim it up. (Okay, it’s just an idea – sorry).
Seriously, as Andy mentions what’s coming out is that legally the oil companies are suppose to have all the rigs, gear, etc necessary for cleaning up a massive oil spill ready-to-go nearby. Nobody’s answering the question of WHERE the equipment is.

by John Robert Fulton Jr. | 05 May 2010 12:05 | Irving, Texas, United States | | Report spam→
I just came back from there. Really not much there. Lots of media at all the harbors in Venice. Call (985)902-5231 and press one and you can find out just about anything going on down there. If you want to try to get on a Coast Guard boat, you will need to call that number as well. Anyways, you might want to try to find stories all along the rest of the southern coast regarding this as well since there isn’t much coverage on that.

by Adam Housley | 05 May 2010 16:05 | Venice, LA, United States | | Report spam→
And I’m sure you know you can’t get to an oil on land yet either.

Also, charter boats are charging about $500/hr plus the cost of fuel. It will end up being close to $3,000 just to see any oil at the moment.

by Adam Housley | 05 May 2010 16:05 (ed. May 5 2010) | Venice, LA, United States | | Report spam→
The Coast Guard was going to put me on a 41 UTB, but then I got assigned to cover something else entirely and it didn’t happen. From what the other PA’s told me, there’s not really a whole hell of a lot to see, literally. Downside to being a weekend Coast Guardsman, they send you where they send you.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 09 May 2010 00:05 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Look at this AP article carried by Taiwan News.

Because there was an article in Die Presse in Austria, I googled with Dauphin Island and Alabama to find the above. Apparently tar blob hit Alabama and on Friday there was oil reported in Lousiana (according to Die Presse). It seems this story requires patience and probably an organizational backing to wait/cover the big area on moment`s notice.

The New York Times has a graphic, tracking the oil spill.

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 09 May 2010 14:05 (ed. May 9 2010) | Vienna, Austria | | Report spam→
Its like covering Godzilla….just don’t know when he is coming on-shore.

by [former member] | 09 May 2010 14:05 (ed. May 10 2010) | | Report spam→
This is the most coverage I’ve seen from it…it’s Greenpeace funded.


by Peter Hoffman | 10 May 2010 04:05 | Naperville, Ill, United States | | Report spam→
Anyone know if air space over the spill is still no-fly?

by [former member] | 11 May 2010 00:05 (ed. May 11 2010) | | Report spam→
Best aerial video views so far of the spill……I am not certain if there are limitations in flights over “ground zero” of the oil spill site— but there have been only a limited number of images shown in the national media from this part of the ocean. And only one photographer on a ship out there Gerald Hebert of the AP……

by [former member] | 11 May 2010 15:05 (ed. May 11 2010) | | Report spam→
Boston Globe collection of photos on the 12th:


by henley | 15 May 2010 01:05 | | Report spam→
Air space is now most definitely no-fly.

by [former member] | 15 May 2010 15:05 | | Report spam→
Bring scuba gear. Most of the spilled oil is underwater:

“Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick. The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given. "


by Jonathan Lipkin | 16 May 2010 01:05 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Although there is a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) on the airspace, it only extends to 3000 feet AGL and so far doesn’t look like it extends into the beach areas. You may be able to find a commercial pilot at a small airport near where you want to photograph who could take you up above the TFR’d area, or along non-TFR’d affected areas. But, this is always subject to change and your pilot will verify that it’s legal to fly over the area. airnav.com is a good resource for finding airports.

by Jim Michael | 16 May 2010 22:05 | Atlanta GA, United States | | Report spam→
Here’s something that could use some visual coverage,

Human Health Tragedy in the Making: Gulf Response Failing to Protect People

While it’s good that EPA has required BP to stop using some of the chemical dispersants that it has been, that is probably not going to be enough to control the effects of the widespread use of similar toxic substances in the effort to ‘fight’ this oil bubble.

by henley | 20 May 2010 19:05 | | Report spam→

Copyright Reuters (Hans Deryk / Reuters)

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 21 May 2010 10:05 (ed. May 21 2010) | Vienna, Austria | | Report spam→
there is a similar image from Governor Bobby Jindal’s tour of oil impacted marshlands by boat on Flickr … for instance,


by henley | 21 May 2010 17:05 | | Report spam→
Yes, its tragic. We are starting to see more of the oil in the water and on the beaches over the past day or two. The news photographers for AP and Reuters, as well as Carolyn Cole of the LATimes have been doing a great job—and for a story like this connection to a large new gathering organization is really helpful. This may change if a lot more oil comes onshore, as is a distinct possibility now.

If you want to get access to my news feed you can friend me herehttp://www.facebook.com/andy.levin.

by [former member] | 21 May 2010 18:05 | | Report spam→
Pro-publica on BP information management:


by teru kuwayama | 21 May 2010 18:05 | Palo Alto, United States | | Report spam→
More recently published McClatchy articles suggests why BP has been controlling the information rather than the oil:

Low estimate of oil spill’s size could save BP millions in court

Gulf oil spill may be 19 times bigger than originally thought

by henley | 21 May 2010 20:05 | | Report spam→
Looking for riding partners from for the next two weeks— vailid press credential will be necessary to work in Grand Isle, Fourchon area. PM me.

by [former member] | 22 May 2010 15:05 | | Report spam→
There are reports that BP is blocking access to the sites having the worst pollution. I just checked the flight restrictions and the TFR still extends from the surface to 3000 feet. You can get excellent shots from 3000 feet. Find a small airport near where you want to shoot and ask around; someone will take you up.

by Jim Michael | 29 May 2010 00:05 | Atlanta GA, United States | | Report spam→
Andy`s photos

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 02 Jun 2010 09:06 | Vienna, Austria | | Report spam→
There appears to be a general lack of solid media information getting out from the Gulf. For a change, check out this video, done at the Gulf Emergency Summit on 6/19:

Louisiana Woman With Inside Look At BP GoM Response Tells It Like It Is – Run time: 15:44

by henley | 24 Jun 2010 21:06 | | Report spam→

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