MTV Cameraman Apology

16 Jul
July 16, 2009

sorryA couple weeks ago I did a story about the cast moving into the new Real World DC house near Dupont Circle. I wanted to talk to neighbors about their reaction. As I tried to interview people on the sidewalk, some of MTV’s production crew tried to block my camera. One cameraman kept getting in my lens. Yesterday afternoon, I received an e-mail from that cameraman– Ryan Romkema. Here’s his apology:

Dear Lindsey Mastis,

I would like to extend an apology for my conduct on July 2. My actions on that day were ill advised and an overreaction to the pressures of the moment. Many people were and are excited for “The Real World DC” and the opportunities that lay ahead. A camera instruction was given to document the situation and it was too much. The nation’s capital has given a warm welcome to “The Real World DC” and it is our desire to present this great city in the best light possible. I regret my actions that day and hope you will accept this apology.

Ryan Romkema

Here is my response:

Dear Ryan Romkema,

Thank you for reaching out to me to apologize and explain your actions. I accept your apology.


Lindsey Mastis

Here’s the original story:

And the YouTube video:

Here’s my original blog, and how other news outlets wrote about the incident:

2 replies
  1. Fabian says:

    It is good to see that the MTV cameraman is apologizing. The incident was clearly a mistake on their part, and it set an unnecessary negative tone to the begining of production. Hopefully the MTV cast and crew will be good neighbors for the rest of production.

  2. yadda yadda says:

    Wow, that sounds like it was written by one of BMP’s minions.

    But hey, at least you got an apology.

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