To our readers: Today's Page One
To our readers: Some readers contacted us to express displeasure with the Page One photo of police carrying a victim from Monday's shooting at Virginia Tech University, where a lone gunman killed 32 people and injured 15 others--the most deadly s...
To our readers:
Some readers contacted us to express displeasure with the Page One photo of police carrying a victim from Monday's shooting at Virginia Tech University, where a lone gunman killed 32 people and injured 15 others--the most deadly shooting in U.S. history.
Some readers said they were upset with what they considered the gruesomeness of the image. Some said they were disturbed by the manner in which the man was being carried. Some said they believed the man's genitals were exposed in the photo.
Six editors were involved in choosing the Page One image, which also ran on our Web site. They selected it because they thought it accurately conveyed the human tragedy, urgency and understandable confusion in the moments immediately following the shooting without being distasteful.
The photo was taken by a photographer for the Roanoke (Va.) Times and transmitted by the Associated Press. It appeared in numerous newspapers around the world. News Tribune editors called representatives of the Roanoke Times. They said they closely examined the image and others taken in the sequence. Based on their review, they said, they did not believe the man's genitals were exposed in the picture.
The nature of the news business sometimes requires us to share words and images that are discomforting to some of our readers. We always seek to balance the need to tell stories accurately and in their completeness with the imperative to respect and be sensitive to the subjects of news coverage and our readers. We also understand that some of our readers won't always agree with our decisions. But we believe we owe those who have questions an open dialogue about how decisions are made about what appears in their newspaper and on duluthnewstribune.com.
Andrea Novel Buck