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25 February 2016

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Melissa Click, recording the police, Smithsonian Magazine's 2015 Photo Contest and Kimberly Saxton-Heinrichs.

  • The University of Missouri has fired assistant professor Melissa Click who bullied student photographer Tim Tai last year while he was trying to shoot an on-campus protest. The University found "Dr. Click was not entitled to interfere with the rights of others, to confront members of law enforcement or to encourage potential physical intimidation against a student."
  • The American Civil Liberties Union plans to appeal a recent federal court ruling that citizens do not necessarily have a right protected by the First Amendment to record police activity. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Kearney ruled police are free to stop recordings unless the person shooting the video announces he or she is recording as a challenge or protest to officers' actions. U.S. appellate courts in Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta have previously upheld the public's right to record such images, however. "Without a protected right to film officers, the ability of the public to monitor police activity is really reduced," said ACLU attorney Mary Catherine Roper.
  • Alan Taylor presents 10 images in six categories from the Smithsonian Magazine's 2015 Photo Contest. The categories include the Natural World, Travel, People, the American Experience, Altered Images and Mobile. And it's OK to laugh at a few of them.
  • Kate Wesson interviews Kimberly Saxton-Heinrichs about her iPhone photos, which include "stunning sunsets, dramatic silhouettes, long exposure water photos, low light indoor shots, macro close-ups," some of which she treats with "painterly and textured edits."

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