High School Journalist Tweeting Soldier’s Murder Trial

UPDATE: A lot has happened since we first brought you this story. Evan’s coverage has been picked up by Huffington Post and The Paducah Sun included him in their coverage of the Steven Green trial.

From Green’s champagne sweater vest he wore on trial Day 1, to sorrow ebbing in the voices of
attorneys, Bright records every detail.

“Some of the attorneys were laughing about me,” Bright said after he learned involved attorneys, and even Green himself, were reading posts on his blog. “They were telling one another not to do anything (inappropriate) because I would put it in my blog.”

Therein lies the surprising and endearing rub with 18-year-old Bright in the mix, reporting from court every day.

In the middle of reporters from the Associated Press, Reuters and Time magazine is skinny, somewhat twitchy 18-year-old Bright, plugging away at journalism’s root functions with wit and thoroughness.

“I’ve learned a lot about how the journalism industry works,” Bright said.

The trial itself hasn’t made him a deer in headlights, although the day Iraqi witnesses testified sticks with him, and Bright said pictures of the victims’ bodies burned into his memory.

Bright is the talk of the local blogging and Twitter communities. Can’t say we were first to mention Evan, but glad everyone is giving him some well deserved credit.

Keep your eye out for a trailblazing young journalist out of Paducah, Kentucky. He has a bright future.

Evan Bright writes for write for his highschool newspaper, The Tilghman Bell
Evan Bright writes for write for his high school newspaper, The Tilghman Bell

Evan Bright, a senior at Paducah Tilghman High School, is a credentialed journalist cover the federal trial of a former U.S. Army soldier accused of raping an Iraqi girl and killing her and her family.

Pfc. Steven Dale Green is the first ex-soldier to be charged as a civilian under a 2000 law that allows U.S. authorities to prosecute former members of the military for crimes overseas.

“I’ll be able to say in forty years ‘I was there'”, said Bright.


Bright’s more extensive blog coverage is surprisingly insightful and engaging.

..a picture of Qassim Hamza Rasheed dead, laying face down on the floor with brain matter scattered in.. multiple places around him… caused several visible and audible grimaces within the crowd, with Green looking down but eyeing the jury. After pictures of all bodies were shown, Green was seen rubbing his eyes/forehead.

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Traditional Video Still Almost 100 Times More Popular Than Online Video

While newspaper struggles are far from over, television appears poised for a turnaround next year.  And this morning, a new sign that television will still be be a force in the marketplace for years to come.

According to the recent Magna Online Video Forecast, online video will continue to grow 36% this year. However, traditional video is still almost 100 times more popular than online video.

The Center for Media Research reports few large advertisers can achieve broad reaching objectives solely by using an online video-only campaign if there are any content preferences involved.

As a point of reference, during 2008 490 billion person-hours of traditional television were consumed according to Nielsen. This equates to 244 times more consumption of professional content video than of online video. Even assuming last year’s growth rate continues through 2012, traditional TV would still account for 98 times more consumption.

2012 Traditional TV “Popularity” Vs. Online Video (Scenarios Assuming 4-Year Compounded Growth Rate of Online Video)
Growth Rate of Online Video Assumption Relative Consumption of Professional Content Video (times as much)














Source: MAGNA. 2008 Growth Rate from Accustream, April 2009

Over the next few years, says the report:

  • TV content, and traditional TV suppliers, will continue to account for the bulk of online video budgets, but as user-generated content sites increasingly supply professional content to their mass audiences, these sites will produce faster rates of growth.
  • Ad networks will continue to serve a valuable niche to the ecosystem, aggregating otherwise unsold (or undersold) inventory in an efficient manner, with cost-effective ways to reach large audiences
  • Traditional print publishers will continue to hold valuable inventory, but few will produce significant volumes of content to capture much market share

Twitter users more likely to read news sites

twitter_logo_125x29Interesting analysis from comScore’s Andrew Lipsman: “When I looked at the percentage of visitors to Twitter. com who also visited the websites of some of the top online news brands and compared it to that of the total U.S. Internet audience, I found a particularly strong level of overlap.

“The average Twitter user was often 2 and 3 times as likely to visit the top online news brands as the average person. For example, while 17 percent of the total U.S. Internet audience visited CNN.com in March, more than double that percentage (38 percent) of Twitter.com visitors did so.”

Stations Search for Gold In a Post-Newspaper Landscape – Broadcasting & Cable

Cover Story: Stations Search for Gold In a Post-Newspaper Landscape – 2009-05-02 06:00:00 | Broadcasting & Cable.

Smart TV stations will fill the void from newspaper cutbacks
Smart TV stations will fill the void from newspaper cutbacks
Few could have predicted how swiftly newspapers would go from being an integral part of people’s daily routines to tottering toward obsolescence. As major markets such as Seattle and Denver have said goodbye to well-established dailies, and the likes of San Francisco and Boston ponder a future without papers that are almost as much a part of the regional landscape as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fenway Park, local television executives are studying what new prospects await them in a paper-free world. There’s lucrative opportunity to reach out to former newspaper advertisers and, perhaps even more significant, there’s a chance to become a more trusted source of local news.

“Where there’s a void, a well-branded TV station will fill in as a news source,” says Hearst-Argyle VP of News Brian Bracco. “We have tremendous brand loyalty, and have to follow up and make sure we’re covering news the way we should in our communities.”


Advertising – Keeping the News Crawl Running During Ad Breaks – NYTimes.com

While some advertisers might privately grouse about having to pay for a commercial and not being the sole occupant of the screen, most say that the added content, particularly on CNBC and ESPN, is beneficial, because viewers over all tend to change channels and leave the room during commercials.

via Advertising – Keeping the News Crawl Running During Ad Breaks – NYTimes.com.