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Monday, September 12, 2005

Yahoo Video Reporter to Cover World's Hot Spots

Kevin Sites is Yahoo's latest acquisition and the former broadcast network news free lancer will debut "Kevin Sites in the Hot Zones" Sept. 26 with audio, video and text reports from Iraq and anywhere else on earth where war is the biggest news.

The Yahoo program is the latest illustration of the transformation of traditional news being wrought by the Internet. The Los Angeles Times has an excellent piece describing the Yahoo project and the several other major online media giants moving in the same direction.

If Sites' name sounds familiar, it should as he is the reporter who caused a minor flap during the battle for Fallujah by filming a U.S. marine killing a wounded insurgent who the marine feared was booby trapped or otherwise a lethal threat.

"Sites, a 42-year-old who has reported for NBC, CNN and ABC from areas torn by wars and natural disasters, had grown tired of the constraints and conventions of television journalism. The sentiment was strengthened last year when NBC aired his footage from the Iraqi mosque, a decision that won him awards from journalism groups and thousands of death threats from critics who labeled him a traitor.
"Despite his best efforts to explain the circumstances surrounding the shooting during his broadcast story, Sites felt that the blog he set up the previous year, at http://www.kevinsites.net , provided the only way to adequately convey the rationale behind his decision to share the footage with the world."

Go here for the full Times story.