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Orange County Register to have staffers pictures accompany each story

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Mr. X, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member


    Some papers have columnists pictures (or drawings) accompany their columns. Anyone else know of those who have reporters' pictures accompany their stories?
  2. Desk_dude

    Desk_dude Member

    One more thing to clutter up a page, ask the desk to do and possibly get wrong.
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I thought it was standard to run the columnist's mug.

    The last artist's drawing serving that purpose that I have seen was on a microfilm reel circa 1959.
  4. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    No. Disaster waiting to happen. What to do with multiple bylines, team coverage, and when the clerk digs up something out of the morgue?
  5. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    It's now standard practice on Mlive.com with the Booth papers. I do wonder what happens, though, when the wrong mugshot is drawn up.
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    But that's online, where all they have to do is file the story according to the writer and the info pops up.
    Bigger margin for error in print.
  7. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    So now readers are going to pay for 2-to-4 stamp-sized photos of people they couldn't care less about on every page???

    "Marketing research" be damned -- this is the dumbest print journalism idea I've heard of since the cue-cat!
  8. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Riverside uses reporters' mugs on team notebooks. But not gamers.
  9. ringer

    ringer Member

    I agree completely. Who gives a crap what the writer looks like?
  10. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    You got that right. I guess I was just trying to say it's beginning to be more common practice with reporters other than columnists, etc.
  11. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    "Photos take up space. Lower labor costs on stupid words".

    -- Broadbased Idiocy, circa 2010
  12. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Just another element to possibly screw up and also take away space, however minimal, from copy.

    The fewer teasers, refers, rules, dolled-up tricks, mug shots and other crap, the better.

    If you want to put all of that on a Web site, do it. Just keep the paper cleaner and with good information, not visual vomit.
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