Do you have the right to take someone’s photo or shoot video of them without their permission? Yes. Full stop.
Don’t get me wrong: the NPPA expects that sometimes you’ll have to back down. But it’s clear about your objective rights, even if you can’t always enforce them.
If you’d rather take the word of Lifehacker, here’s Thorin Klosowski:
Your basic right is actually pretty simple: if you’re in a public place and you can see it, you can shoot it. This means as long as you’re in a public location you can legally take almost any picture.
Even Videomaker takes time to argue for the value of release-free journalism, even while it (correctly) insists photographers and videographers should get model releases for commercial…
Graduate students at the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism Review recently published “The Experiment” — after 10 weeks of research, the class picked 11 cutting-edge journalism things that they think represent the “best journalism experiments.”
But not all the writers are impressed with every experiment.
Take a closer look at Alexandra Hoey’s writeup on the Des Moines Register’s Harvest of Change project:
“The graphics have the look and feel of a videogame, with blue floating icons that viewers can click to reveal videos, information and quotes from farmers. …
Can journalism be delivered live on stage? Of course it can. Jon Stewart has done it for years. Colbert, Oliver, Wilmore, Maher all do it in one form or another. The premise of each man’s show is commentary on recent news delivered to a live audience. And each of them leavens the hard stuff with groaners, the dumber the better.
We know the concept works on a national level. So the question arises: Couldn’t local news ALSO be delivered live on stage with jokes?