Hat tip: Louisville braces for its Derby close-up

For anyone struggling to gin up a fresh angle on an annual community event, consider The Courier-Journal‘s challenge this week, as it enters the final stretch of one such occasion: Saturday’s 134th Kentucky Derby. (The C-J traces its history to 1868. The first derby didn’t run until 1875.) This year, the paper will staff the race like never before, ombudsman Pam Platt says in a new column: Three dozen staff and freelance photographers and reporters will shoot still pictures and video at Churchill Downs on Derby day, providing many of the tens of thousands of photos planned for the paper’s website all week. I’m looking forward to lots of pictures of crazy funny hats.

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[Photo: Eric Williams of Chicago last year, by Bill Luster, C-J]

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3 Responses to “Hat tip: Louisville braces for its Derby close-up”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Tens of thousands of photos? Seriously?

    If a person spent 16 hours looking at the site, they might see all the photos. But they would have to spend less than five seconds on each.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    And that’s just one of the problems with the online push. Many tens of thousands of photos but how many good ones? They (corporate toadies) don’t care about the quality of the pictures just turn lots of them so they can artificially run up page views. It’s a shell game. And a badly run one at that.

    “ombudsman Pam Platt says in a new column: Three dozen staff and freelance photographers and reporters will shoot still pictures and video at Churchill Downs on Derby day, providing many of the tens of thousands of photos planned for the paper’s website all week.”

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I wonder how many of these tens of thousands of photos will have meaningful captions.

    Is it still journalism if there are none?

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