The Sacramento Bee has suspended one of its photographers pending an investigation and is apologizing to readers for publishing an altered photo taken at a bird festival:
While the original photo did show that same snowy egret grabbing for the frog from the great egret, the photographer merged in a different image of the great egret, in which the frog was more visible. As a result, the published photo included duplicated images of the plants.
The Bee’s ethics policy strictly forbids such manipulation of documentary photography.
Editors of Suffolk University’s Suffolk Journal tell readers:
In today’s issue of The Journal, we published an inappropriate sub-headline in the article “SLI Involvement Fair a success.” We want to apologize profusely for the mistake and make it clear that we in no way harbor ill feelings towards the Student Leadership and Involvement Office, nor any of the students and staff that work there. The sub-head was put in as a joke, by editors, that unfortunately slipped through our editing process later in the night. We want to make it clear that the reporter who wrote the article had no idea or anything to do with the subhead.
Nobody answered the newsroom phone when I called this morning. I’ve left a message, hoping to get campus reaction to “the mistake” and the apology. (ABOUT PAGE: “The Journal consists of 10 editors, 2 advisers, and a staff of 25 writers, photographers, videographers, and copy editors.”)
NEW YORK—Shocked and saddened witnesses at the Huffington Post’s news-aggregation facility have confirmed that employee Henry Evers, 25, died Wednesday after being sucked into the website’s powerful news-repurposing turbine, where his body was immediately torn to pieces. — From the latest Onion
A front page story in today’s New York Times mentions that graffiti artist David Choe took Facebook stock instead of cash for painting the walls of Facebook’s first headquarters and that his shares are expected to be worth about $200 million when Facebook stock trades publicly.
On his website, Choe shows off the mural painting he did for the first Facebook office, and writes that he “found out they cut the walls out of all my paintings and sent them to all the facebook offices around the world.”
The Times says rising subscription and digital advertising revenue couldn’t offset the continued drop-off in print advertising. Fourth-quarter net income was $58.9 million (39 cents a share) compared with $67.1 million (44 cents a share) in the period a year earlier. For the full year, the Times Company reported a net loss of $39.7 million versus a profit of $107.7 million in 2010. * NYT Co. profit falls 12.2% in the fourth quarter | Read the release