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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

How newspapers can use video

This is fantastic. The Willamette Week had one of its interns steal his own bike 7 times throughout the city of Portland, OR. Nobody tried to stop him.

He wrote a story about this experience, which appears in the print version of the paper. And he had somebody shoot videos of him snapping the bike chains with giant bolt cutters. They've posted the footage to YouTube. Smart!

August 23, 2006 at 02:42 PM in Media/Keeping an eye on the competition | Permalink


I just added a link to the print story, which is pretty good. I recommend it.

Posted by: cresmer | Aug 23, 2006 4:04:36 PM

Wouldn't it be funny if the kid actually had his bike stolen next week?

Posted by: Murf | Aug 23, 2006 5:20:16 PM

It can and does happen here.

I stole my own bike from Main Street right outside of Mr. Mike's about three months ago. The key snapped off in the lock right before I had to work, and I had to jog to be on time for my shift and come back with my employer's bolt cutters on a break.

So at 2 pm on Main street, I slice through my own lock and ride back to work with the cutters across the handlebars. No one batted an eye, as far as I could tell.

Posted by: Earthtopus | Aug 23, 2006 5:53:10 PM

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