April 26, 2013 

My adventures in news video have been progressing at a clip.

Or I guess one clip at a time.

Even more painful than that pun are some of the viewership numbers from recent videos. Especially disheartening are the sparse views on spot news videos, which were usually surefire click-getters.

My video of Maria Granados describing a three-person shooting at the Thunderbird Motel only got 44 views:

It is admittedly not terribly interesting to watch.

A better video of the wreck at Columbia Park Golf Course a few weeks ago netted 359, which we consider to be good viewership:

And last Sunday's glider landing on Stevens Drive got 321:

I actually liked this video sidebar of sorts introducing disc golf,

but it only registered 127 views, sandwiched between my poorly planned video of the McCurley dome's demolition (171),

and a dry presentation of a high school ag day (83):

A quick scan through the viewership of some other recent staff-produced videos shows some disheartening numbers: 11, 16, 17, 19.

And while it may sound flippant to complain about the clicks we get on videos, especially when it comes to clips of fires and car wrecks, I'm not lamenting a loss of revenue for the paper. We haven't had so-called pre-roll advertisements on any videos in quite some time, after all. But when you're job is to inform readers about what's going on in their community, it feels like a failure and a joke to see numbers that low.

Onto the links...

I'm sure most of you have either been voraciously devouring anything related to the crazy week that was or you've had your fill, but I have a couple more links to share on Boston. The Globe's John Tlumacki, who shot what will likely be the lasting icon of the tragedy, talks about what it's like being behind the camera as pandemonium breaks around you.

Kenneth Jarecke also has a piece about the stark difference between amateurs and professionals in documenting such events.

Pros aren't the only ones making worthwhile images, obviously, so check out Matej Peljhan's imaginative series that lets Luka, a 12-year-old with muscular dystrophy, live out some of his adventurous fantasies.

Even more touching is this piece on how photo coverage has affected the plights of the subjects featured.

While I haven't always liked the post-processing of SNL's celebrity portraits, I've always enjoyed the humor and off-kilter look at the oft-photographed. Check out a short video about Mary Ellen Matthews, who's been the woman behind those images since 1999.

The unexpected isn't always welcome, though, and after some unflattering photos of her performing at the Super Bowl went viral, Beyonce has banned professional photographers from her new tour.

Lucas Carter is turning to Kickstarter to help fund the polishing of his MMA documentary.

And finally, yours truly has won his first Best of Photojournalism (BOP) award in the sports action category. I've been reticent to brag about contest success since my first few monthly clip wins, but this one is pretty exciting. To see my name next to Bill freaking Frakes is surreal and getting this surprising news was a nice pick-me-up during what has felt like a photo slump.

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