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Poll Results: Altering news photos

Preliminary poll results
are in at annie oakley of pecos

Readers, please share your opinion
on why you voted the way you did on this poll.
And let us know what you think of the poll results
and what it might mean.

If you wish your identity to not be revealed,
please use a pseudonym.
I want to encourage passionate dialogue.

(And those who haven't taken the poll, it is still open.)


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 21st, 2007 10:39 am (UTC)
I didn't answer because "altering a photo" is way too vague, and I didn't want my answer to be construed as supporting someone else's understanding of what that means.
Apr. 21st, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
This is a very complicated issue.

I can understand why you would feel compelled to not answer.

We journalists have been plagued by this issue forever. The creation of Photoshop didn't help.

I wonder how Dave Hoog would vote?
Apr. 21st, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about that question a lot, but couldn't decide on an answer. On the one hand, once you start altering news photos will we also alter story to fit what the journalist thinks is a good story?

On the other hand, removing someone's legs from behind a sign seems to just make a better photo without altering the impact.

Another comment: we already are very skeptical of pictures we see on computers--as we should be.
I don't know if that supports a "yes" or a "no" answer.

And one more: the journalist picks and chooses which things to include in the story already. If the picture different?
Apr. 21st, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
M, You are a true thinker. Not that this needed to be said. :)

These are great thoughts. I love how you tied them into reporters' articles.

Thank you!
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