Monday, September 6, 2010

Jack Up News Picture

Saturday's devastating earthquake in Christchurch created a "field day" for the photojournalists, hundreds if not thousands of news pictures are being shot and transmitted around the world to record and show the extend of damages in this disaster.

Yet, the Sunday Star Times on their September 5 edition splashed this huge photo on their FRONT PAGE.

A jack-up picture? There are hundreds of good, story telling NEWS PICTURE and the Sunday Star Times had to resort to a POSED picture to lead a earth shaking news event? ;)

Come on guys, you can do better than that!

Such photo give the photojournalists a bad reputation!

I have been a Picture Editor for a New Zealand paper before and I know there are many "dull" days that you have to use jack-up pictures to fill the pages, but on this day when the earth moved?

What price photojournalism?

My response to the last comment that I should apologise to the photographer.

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cy.leow said...

My good friend and photojournalist John Ishii commented on my link via Face Book:

John wrote
"CY photojournalism is DEAD! CNN uses CNN ireporter, its FREE!
Not like the old days when you had some integrity. "

cy.leow said...

Lau Mun Cheong, friend; photographer commented on my link via Face Book:

Lau wrote
"I felt your pain; to all the photojournalist out there!"

cy.leow said...

Vincent Thian, friend; Picture Editor commented on my link via FaceBook:

Vincent wrote
"Well...very soon we all need to take still picture and video when you go out for salary two jobs. "

heather said...

The photo shows a lack of imagination, and laziness on the part of the photographer.Cast your eyes around guys!Use your resourcefulness and imagination to capture the essence of the effects of the quake. It could be anywhere!,... but it`s not. It`s Christchurch , New-Zealand, and one of our biggest quakes in modern times.

Anonymous said...

Hey, just wondering when you're going to apologise to the photographer. It wasn't a jack-up at all ... the girl has been quoted as saying she wanted to "play in the earthquake" and the photographer got lucky. If your gonna dish dirt you shld have the grace to apologise