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SBD/Issue 230/Sports Media
SEC Lightens New Media Policy, Allows For Some Online Video
Published August 18, 2009
|SEC Will Allow Video Of Practices, Press
Conferences, But Will Restrict Game Highlights
STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: Tuscaloosa News Exec Editor Doug Ray wrote the new policy is "much closer to something we -- and the audience we serve -- can work with," but it is "not all good and it's not all clear." Ray noted the policy states still photographs of events "may be posted on the internet only in connection with and as part of regular print news coverage, including internet print news coverage." Ray: "That makes no sense to me. How do you post something on the Internet as part of our print news coverage? What is 'internet print news'? ... While the SEC clearly has listened to media news organizations -- like us -- that ridiculed and howled at the earlier version, the SEC still hasn’t given us a seat at the table in developing these new rules. No, we don’t need a cozy partnership. But more discussion might allow us to explain that there's no such thing as 'internet print news'" (TUSCALOOSANEWS.com, 8/14). In South Carolina, Scott Adamson wrote in changing the policy, "things went back to normal," as the SEC "returned to those thrilling days of yesteryear when game coverage was welcome and fans could be, well, fans." Adamson: "For a few days, the SEC got a bit too big for its britches. Fortunately, it decided it didn't want to burn any bridges" (ANDERSON INDEPENDENT-MAIL, 8/14).