‘It might be porn, but it’s news’ – CyberJournalist.net – Online News Association – News

‘It might be porn, but it’s news’ – CyberJournalist.net – Online News Association – News

Where do you draw the line with online video? For the Associated Press, at least, it was strippers at a golf course. The AP declined to transmit amateur video posted on the Pocono Record newspaper’s web site to illustrate a story about scantily clad women giving lap dances at Cherry Valley Golf Course — the controversy being that they were visible from a nearby public road. “I didn’t see it as offering a lot toward the story other than blurry images of a girl in a bikini and a guy sitting in a chair with golfers playing through,” Kevin Roach, executive producer for online video at AP, told The Morning Call newspaper. “Our concerns were primarily for our customers. I have to be the gatekeeper for them.”

Pocono Record executive director Bill Watson defended his paper’s decision to post the video: “‘It’s news. It might be porn, but it’s news,” he said.

Watson said no readers had complained and that the Web story had received a record 140,000 hits by Tuesday night.

”I think the Web is not the print newspaper,” he said. ”We wouldn’t put takeouts from the video in the print paper. It’s a different animal. On the Web, you have the choice of looking at a story.”

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