Ask @jkrums a question

Flight 1549 in the Hudson River

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.


  1. Jo on January 18, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    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,

  2. @McMedia on January 18, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Janis –

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

  3. Sarah on January 19, 2009 at 12:03 am

    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?


  4. cwineman on January 19, 2009 at 12:09 am

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

  5. Proud Raven on January 19, 2009 at 12:11 am

    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?

  6. Sarah on January 19, 2009 at 12:12 am

    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.)


  7. Susan P. on January 19, 2009 at 12:25 am

    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!

  8. admin on January 19, 2009 at 12:28 am

    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.



  9. Fabian K on January 19, 2009 at 12:51 am

    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!

  10. thom singer on January 19, 2009 at 1:01 am

    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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  12. David on January 19, 2009 at 3:23 am

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

  13. colleen delaney on January 19, 2009 at 3:24 am

    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!

  14. colleen delaney on January 19, 2009 at 3:24 am

    oops…my twitter account is @colleendelaney


  15. Ken Morrill on January 19, 2009 at 3:41 am

    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?

  16. Dan T. on January 19, 2009 at 3:52 am

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

  17. Kyle MacRae on January 19, 2009 at 9:44 am

    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?

  18. Fabian K on January 19, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I forgot to include my twitter name: silverbembel. 😉

  19. Fabian K on January 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    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. 😉

  20. Pat Gunning on January 19, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Who do you consider a hero in this miracle event?

  21. Pat Gunning on January 19, 2009 at 2:15 pm


  22. John Fitzpatrick on January 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    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)


  23. admin on January 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    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.


  24. Girl with a one track mind on January 19, 2009 at 6:42 pm


    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?


  25. Glen Canning on January 19, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    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!


  26. colleen delaney on January 20, 2009 at 12:38 am

    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

  27. Andrew Nystrom / @latimesnystrom on January 20, 2009 at 2:14 am

    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

  28. admin on January 20, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Question time is over folks!

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


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