Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced May 12 that Madison, Wisconsin police officer Matt Kenny would not face criminal charges in the fatal shooting of unarmed Tony Robinson. The shooting took place on March 6, 2015.
After DA Ozanne made his announcement, the family of Tony Robinson held a press conference and peaceful march from the Social Justice Center on Williamson Street to the Capitol.
When you think about what you do in the course of 15 hours, you can cover a lot of ground. For 15 hours on April 11, however, Bill Dodson, 80, ran around Lake Wingra in Madison, WI ten times, for a total distance of 100k.
Dodson started running after the age of 50 when he noticed family members suffering from health problems and decided to make life changes that would help prevent his own.
“We’re all pushing the envelope,” Dr. Hoffman says. “Those of us who exercise regularly are expecting more, expecting different outcomes from what we saw with prior generations. No reason we shouldn’t.”
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I occasionally write for photo tutorial site Photo Tuts+ and something I never feel is talked about enough is how to responsibly and empathetically cover breaking news, or any sensitive situation involving trauma.
Full disclosure: Jake was my boss for a few months while I was a photo intern at The Flint Journal. I learned a lot from the way he handled and respectfully treated survivors and victims at crime scenes. Because of having witnessed and talked with him previously about his mentality in these types of situations, I knew he would be a valuable candidate for this interview.
While in the process of interviewing, Jake won an honorable mention in NPPA’s Small Market Photojournalist of the Year contest.
Here is an excerpt from the interview with Jake:
Covering breaking news in Flint has taught me so much about myself. It teaches me to be open and considerate, and not only when at scenes with crime tape, but in all situations. Everybody, no matter when you meet them, has something going on in their lives and in their minds they are constantly dealing with. Be kind, and treat others as you wish to be treated. In my work, it has taught me how to be patient and listen. And truly, it’s taught me so much about the heart of my city. The pride Flint residents hold for this city and living in it is palpable, partially because those who are living in the city view at is a living and not dying. These scenes remind me of that. Show me why they’re prideful for the lives they lead and who we all are coming together in one city and for one purpose — to live.