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Is this photo offensive?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by MTM, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    We are having a lot of debate about this in our office.
    The main photo for a story about a watermelon seed-spitting contest at a county fair is of a 7-year-old black boy. The kid was not the winner. The photo has great action.
    Absurd faux pas or fair event coverage?
    Sorry for just the link. I couldn't figure out how to post the photo alone.

  2. If you staged it, I have a problem. Otherwise, it's a fair representation of what happened.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Lots of white guilt you've got floating around in your newsroom.
  4. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    The person most offended is a younger Mexican woman.
    Most of the rest of us are old white dudes and we don't have as much a problem with it as she does.
  5. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    Not offensive, but the photographer needs to give some thought to the background, depth of field and camera angle.

    (Everyone's a critic.)
  6. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    She needs to get laid.

    Don't tell her this story -- one of my teammates brought a big watermelon to our game doubeheader last week. Cut it up in between innings. We all munched on it. Even gave some to the other team. Only guy who didn't want any was the ump, who was also the only black guy there. How's that for stereotypes??
  7. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    I agree with Demo. It's what happened. It's a decent picture. If a black person gets shot during a holdup at KFC, would you not report it because it happened at a fried chicken place?
    Also, a question ... in the print edition, did you run both the picture of the black kid and the white woman? Seems like that would balance things out no matter your feelings on the issue. It'd show that there weren't just black folks there.
  8. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    The boy's picture was in color on the cover of the local section and the woman's was black and white on the jump.
    I see no problem with this photo at all.
    If you're doing an article on black heritage and you show people eating watermelon, it's bad. In this context, it's perfectly acceptable.
  9. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Picture is fine, or should be.

    SOMEBODY will find it offensive. But I don't think you can edit that way in this case.
  10. gutenberg

    gutenberg Guest

    Yes, the picture of the white gal is pretty offensive.

    Appears she's savoring the taste of something sticky before swallowing.

    Perhaps someone else in your newsroom can confirm whether she's using the proper technique.

    In reality, sounds you folks waste a lot of time in your newsroom.
  11. mediaguy

    mediaguy Well-Known Member

    I think we're being overly sensitive. I don't have a problem with it.
  12. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    precisely. we had a rule for a while in my shop that no reference in heds, caps or copy couild be made to a particular player who performed well as being one who "shined."

    that's about as guilt-ridden a rule as possible, imho. it no longer exists, best i can tell.
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