Wednesday, February 20, 2008

If they say 'white stuff', I'm cancelling my subscription

Sticking your head out your front door doesn't make you a weatherman. And possessing a camera doesn't make you a photographer.

That's my lead-in to the two lamest news photographs I've ever seen, on this story on the Enquirer's web site. Weather isn't news unless there's deaths and plenty of property damage. Slow traffic isn't news. The Enquirer, however, was desperate to make news out of this morning's snowfall, so Jennifer Baker (a reporter, not a photographer) took a couple of snaps of snowflakes. Since I spent 45 minutes driving through the snow today, did I really need those photographs to help my understanding of the situation?

I also realize that the story says a bus accident injured two. If that's the case, then the story is "bus accident injures two," not "more snow on the way."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

weather isn't news? slow traffic isn't news? why? you don't give a reason. also, what is wrong with including a picture in a story? if you don't like the picture, you could always not look at it.

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not news when it snows anymore than it's news when it's hot outside. This was simply a pathetic way of making news coverage easy and dumbed down for the morons who actually read that rag. Anonymous, you're missing the point. Newspapers shouldn't make decisions based on, "well, if you don't like it, don't look at it." Newspapers should report and hustle in doing so. Give readers information they need. What snowflakes look like from one reporters back porch is not anything anyone needs. The reporters snapshots of the snow were pathetic and illustrates how lazy and washed up the Enquirer really is.

10:17 AM  

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