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Ask @jkrums a question

Anyone who tweets will know all about the ultimate twitter citizen journalist, Janis Krums (@jkrums).

Long before the big media outlets had even broken the story, Janis captured the very first photograph of Flight 1549 after it was skilfully put down in the Hudson River, New York, by Captain Chelsey B “Sully” Sullenberger.

Since taking that phenomenal photograph (right) with his iPhone, Janis’s world has been turned upside down. He’s done interviews with the BBC, CNN, ABC, Good Morning America and more.

I’m delighted to say Janis has agreed to take questions from followers of my blog, Third Sector Forums users and folks on twitter. The best questions will be posed to Janis and the full interview will be posted here and on my Sunday Mail blog.

So what are you waiting for…you can add your questions to the comments section of this post or you can fire them at me on twitter, just start your questions with: @ThirdSectorLab

I’ll be taking questions over the next 24hrs, right up until 20:30 GMT on 19th January 2009.

  • Jo

    My question’s more about Twitter than the amazing events that resulted in the photo.

    How does it feel to be a ‘Twitter example’ (er… twexample?!) that people will likely be using for ages to describe to others how useful Twitter is?

    Whenever I want to explain to someone the various benefits of Twitter I’d use the example of the journalism student who tweeted that he’d been arrested in Turkey, the mass mobilisation of his online contacts contributing to his getting freed. I’d also use the Mara Triangle who have successfully raised money and awareness, particularly impressive given that apparently their main tweeter had only recently begun using a computer. And now Janis, whose photo whooshed around the interweb at a fair rate of knots (I heard about it myself via my twitter stream before anywhere else, yet I don’t think I know anyone that knows him directly), is probably going to find himself added to the list in describing the many ways in which Twitter can be useful.

    Also do pass on my thanks to him for his quick thinking in capturing and posting it for us 🙂

    I also liked this one but it’s from much further away so less immediate,

  • Janis –

    What do you do, when you are not photographing miracles?

  • In what way, or ways, will you be utilizing the exposure you’ve been given as a citizen who provided early documentation of a current event followed around the world?


  • cwineman

    how many followers did you have before you twittered the famous photo? thanks & cheers

  • I was on flight 1549 when it crashed and although my own emotions and fears at that time are probably obvious I was wondering what sort of emotions went through your own mind as you approached the crash site in the ferry you were traveling on? Also, how do you feel about being thrust into the public eye as you have been?

  • Are you interested in examining or researching who your main Connectors were in disseminating the TwitPic? (Personally, I think it would be interesting data related to social media.)


  • Susan P.

    I want to know about Janis BEFORE notoriety. Former athlete in what sport? Collegiate or professional? Seems like you have had an interesting life and this is just another wild adventure. Best wishes!

  • admin

    Thanks for the questions guys, I’ll be closing the question intake at 20:30 GMT on 19th January 2009.

    Can’t believe we have a Flight 1549 survivor asking one too!

    Remember to include your twitter names, if your question is short-listed you’ll get a link to your twitter page in the interview.



  • Fabian K

    I would say you are one of the most known people in the world now. 🙂
    I mean, your photo has been seen by so many people. Everyone is writing and talking about you and this photograph. Even in Germany they report on you (daily newspaper, radio…). What is that for a feeling? Are you a little bit proud?

    Best greetings from Germany!

  • So what is it that you want to do with your career in the next 24 months, and how can this experience help you accomplish more than you would have if you had not had this brush with Twitter fame.

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  • David

    What is your favorite color? What side of the bed do you sleep on? Boxers or Briefs?

  • colleen delaney

    Am new to Twitter: Could you kindly detail the simple steps you used to send your photo around the world? Are there specific websites/software programs one needs access to in addition to a Twitter account? Did your IPod help in zoom capability as opposed to regular cell phone cameras? Did you already have a photo desk of a wire service in your twitter contacts or did someone forward it for you? Thank you and fast thinking, citizen journalist!

  • colleen delaney

    oops…my twitter account is @colleendelaney


  • My question is: How were you able to give your iPhone to one of the passengers after the shot was taken? What was the spirit of the moment like that allowed you to let go of material things?

  • Can you give some of the story about how you happened to wind up on a ferry headed to rescue the passengers?

  • Would you rather have received 100,000+ hits on TwitPic or $100,000 for selling the picture commercially? Or perhaps both, if that was possible?

  • Fabian K

    I forgot to include my twitter name: silverbembel. 😉

  • Fabian K

    Could you please delete my last comment? And this one. Of course you can use my twitter name if my question will be short-listed. Thanks. 😉

  • Who do you consider a hero in this miracle event?

  • @ArticlesBin

  • John Fitzpatrick

    Have you considered submitting the photo for a Pulitzer prize. The way it has been used by the media, it is eligible. ($10,000 if you win)


  • admin

    Some excellent questions coming through folks, keep them coming in.

    The more wierd and wonderful the better!

    We’re going to stop taking questions at 20:30 GMT 19th Jan.


  • Janis,

    Given you’ve had so much recent media attention, have developed a prominent – and international – public profile, and have gained a large increase in the people who follow you on Twitter, are you now more self-conscious and/or careful about what you tweet?


  • Hi Janis and well done! I was wondering what you felt about the copyright issues of your photo. It’s been viewed many many times so my question is have you received royalties from any of the news sources that have used it on their web sites?

    I just started using Twitpic (it’s down now) and it’s a very powerful media tool.

    Again, well done!


  • ok. After thinking more about certain issues:

    1. If a person takes a newsworthy photo and posts it in the public domain, and multi-billion dollar corporations use it for their news broadcast or publication, should these corporations be allowed to take without compensation or permission? I ask this both as a lawyer and as a freelance photojournalist…curious to know opinion

    2. If free technologies such as Twitter and other apps get a huge PR boost from this type of usage/event, should the public demand that these technologies have some sort of built-in overload protection so that their systems don’t crash? How to enforce?

    Colleen twitter acct @colleendelaney

  • Tried to tweetback. Here’s my Q, in <140c:

    @ThirdSectorLab Q&A w/ @jkrums taking Qs til 10am GMT 1/20: – My Q: How did hitting @LATimes A1 feel?

    @latimesnystrom / social media guy embedded in the newsroom

  • admin

    Question time is over folks!

    The interview will be up as soon as Janis gets back from Obama’s inauguration.


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