Shortly before the start of today’s Tamaqua Class of 2014 graduation, I was approached by a Tamaqua school official who said he had “strict orders” to prevent me (stating my name) from taking photos or videos on the field or next to the contracted photographers and videographers. He said to me, “You are just a spectator” and told me I was limited to taking photos and video at the spectator area on the side of the bleachers.
As you all know, all my news stories, photos and videos are completely free on my TamaquaArea.com community website, like they have been for years. This would have been my fifth year covering Tamaqua’s graduation.
I don’t expect special treatment, but do expect the same treatment as the paid photographer and videographer, as I take quality video and photos of all the graduates and share them online for the graduates, families and the rest of the community to enjoy. Plus, my photos and video are free and legal to share online.
Due to today’s poor placement of the sound speakers on both sides of the bleachers, I, like other parents, couldn’t find a good position to capture quality photos or video.
Only a portion of the students can afford or choose to buy the professional video or photos. Knowing this, why would the school go out of their way to limit my free, complete coverage of the graduation?
People, now more than ever, have access to an unlimited supply of free online news, photos and videos. Special moments in Tamaqua’s history should be recorded and made available for everyone to enjoy, not only to people who can afford it.
Sorry students and family of the Tamaqua Class of 2014. I don’t have any worthwhile photos or videos of your graduation to post online.