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Observer photog fired

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by upthecreek, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. upthecreek

    upthecreek Guest

    In today's Charlotte Observer:

    http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/15141490.htm

    Seems like drastic action taken for little or no harm done. But his earlier suspension didn't help.
     
  2. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Good Lord, for colour fixing? I've heard of worse ...
     
  3. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Member

    Christ ... they fire their No. 1 shooter for THAT?
     
  4. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    The Queen City can sleep at night now. The evil of the Mad Color Fixer has finally been eradicated.
     
  5. spinning27

    spinning27 New Member

    That's a tough one.

    I understand the Observer's policy and why it exists, but something about firing him for this particular action doesn't pass the common sense test.
     
  6. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    He did it once before and was suspended. Then he did it again. Perhaps after the first suspension he was told, "If you do this again, you're gone."
     
  7. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Yes, that would likely be it.

    Not quite to the level of making up quotes, but manipulating images without clearly labeling them is a no-no in the photojournalism world.
     
  8. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Some of the previous altered pics:

    http://zonezero.com/editorial/octubre03/october.html
     
  9. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    He's an idiot for doing it. After he was previously punished for it.
     
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    To me, this is just as bad as a reporter making up quotes because his man-on-the-street interviews didn't go so well.

    Hey, didn't like the colors? Tough luck, guess you blew it.
     
  11. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    What he should have done is show the original to the photo editor and let it be his call on whether the color needed tweaking. Some papers tweak, some don't, but you don't take it on yourself, you let a manager make the call.
     
  12. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    Exactly.

    And he admitted in his previous suspension he went too far

    http://poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=47867

    "I know that I probably went too far on some of my burns, and my paper has made our standards clear. I will no longer tone my background down that far."
     
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