The March Journalist of the Month contributed to breaking news coverage. U.S Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Blair’s video coverage of the U.S. military search for Malaysian airlines Flight MH370 was seen around the world. His videos show sailors of the USS Kidd keeping watch for the missing plane as well as the guided-missile destroyer turning, which indicated a shift in the designated search area. At the time, the USS Kidd was broadcast as a significant milestone in the search. ...more
His videos show sailors of the USS Kidd keeping watch for the missing plane as well as the guided-missile destroyer turning, which indicated a shift in the designated search area. At the time, the USS Kidd was broadcast as a significant milestone in the search.
The short length of the videos didn't deter the media from using Blair’s videos.
Just in March, his videos were downloaded more than 90 times. The videos also aired 560 times. Plus, media outlets are still using the videos in MH370 updates. Media that have used his videos include FOX News, CNN, BBC World, Al Jazeera America, TVI 24, SKY News, TVS1 Slovenia, TV2 Denmark, TV Asahi, Channel News Asia, KARE-TV in Minneapolis, WXIA-TV in Atlanta, KGMB-TV in Hawaii, WISH-TV in Indianapolis and many more.
Part of the success of Blair’s videos is due to the fast turnaround. The videos were made available to media the same day they were shot, which made them extremely timely. At the time, the media were eager to get any updates related to the search for the missing plane.
So, the subject of Blair videos combined with the videos’ timeliness helped make him stand out for the month.