Photojournalism Discussion

THIS IS FROM THE POYNTER CENTERPIECES NEWSLETTER EMAILED OUT TO SUBSCRIBERS ON SUNDAY JUNE 29, 2008. IT’S AN INTERESTING DISCUSSION. CHECK IT OUT…
Election Violence in Zimbabwe:
The Story Behind the Photo
By Kenny Irby (more by author)
Visual Journalism Group Leader/Diversity Director
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The photograph was a stunner. Displayed across four columns at the top of Page One of Thursday’s New York Times, the image showed a baby boy with casts on both legs, the apparent victim of the violence marking the presidential election in Zimbabwe.

In these times of mass video delivery and saturation of visual messages, this still image offered cause to pause. It demanded attention, insisting that readers and viewers not look away.

Because of the risks to both journalists and the subjects of their coverage in Zimbabwe, The Times did not identify either the photographer or the child and decided not to publish the photo on its Web site. (Poynter Online also decided not to publish the photo, and instead links to the image of Thursday’s front page published on nytimes.com.)

Poynter Online asked Times picture editor Meaghan Looram to describe the decision-making that went into the photo’s publication. She said the photographer received permission from the child’s mother to publish the photo, which she said has generated “tremendous response” from readers. She said the paper is looking into how it might facilitate readers’ interest in helping the child and others in similar circumstances.
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