Thursday, January 15, 2009

US Airways Water Landing

Anyone who wasn't glued to the TV for the coverage of the US Airway's water landing could possibly be classified as a little out of touch. I was in the newsroom watching it on 4 monitors and on the internet Twittering, Googling, and generally searching for information that my help our inner newsroom cause. But I'm like that when it comes to news.

But as much as I pine for a good story I would have hated to be in the scrum today in the 20 degrees. It always seems like some of the biggest stories happen in the most inhospitable conditions.

As the accident coverage was unfolding and I was searching for pictures via Twitter and Flickr I found the above picture pretty quickly and it reminded me of a quote from the movie "Talladega Nights" a few years ago...."If you're not first you're last."

The picture that Janis Krums took from the Ferry Boat that was headed to help passengers was the first up close picture of the plane in the water. He posted it quickly from his IPhone and the picture's populartiy has exploded. It's been on all the national news shows, flickr users have re-posted the photo many many times, his Twitter following has doubled, he's been interviewed by MSNBC and he's apparently sold the photo rights to the AP.

So whether or not there's a better picture out there...Krums is the winner for quick thinking because he was first and who's gonna search through a thousand pages of other picture's now looking for something better.

And the only reason he was able to take that picture was because he jumped on the ferry to see if he could help rescue people in the water.

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