That's an employee access path, probably to KCKC's pump house (seen at bottom right). You can see the fence between the main path and KCKC continues over top the smaller path, where a guest in white is.
At the end of the main path is the entrance to the old nature trail though - you can see the dirt pathway near the top of the photo.
How do you figure it's under "fair use?" Simply because it's "news reporting?"
As a professional photographer who's worked for multiple news outlets (both locally and regionally), whether or not they can "use it however they want" is up to some interpretation. I would argue that they can not. Most have policies against this sort of thing.
At the very least, they should've sought permission from the person who created it, especially an organization that offers a subscription service and is known to not take kindly to those that copy/paste their full length articles.
And as someone who's photos were used on here [KIC] recently, I very much appreciate the credit/attribution/link back. KIC has always been courteous about this and I appreciate that the mods make it a thing.
Lol As a photographer, you guys are kinda weird about credit on this site It’s news so they can use it however they want. They’re not going to pay for a hastily made MS paint doodle of some imaginary coaster lol.
I can’t tell you how many random people told me they thought The Beast Unleashed video was real in normal conversation. Often people see these things and they have no real reason not to believe them... nor do they care that much.
Just driving clicks/traffic and being the first to report, that is all these news stations are about anymore. I find little if any actual 'news' in that article.
It is sad that article made it beyond an editors desk.