Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Where are you running the photo?

Testy Copy Editors has a great thread discussing where papers are publishing this photo:

Is it too graphic for 1A? Is it better than those of charred bodies being hit by shoes? Does it pass the Cheerios test? Is that a ridiculous test?

Do we have a responsibility to show these photos when they are the story? By showing these photos do we encourage similar atrocities in the future?

I discussed all these issues and more over dinner and discovered that I don't have all my opinions on this nailed down. I firmly believe in the power of a strong photo and newspapers' responsibility to report the news even when it's disturbing. But we don't publish all photos.

Where to draw the line is up in the air.

Join the discussion.


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