USA Today staff photographers were told last week that they won’t be going to London to cover the Olympics because Gannett’s US Presswire team will be shooting there. (John Harrington’s comment: “It seems that USA Today is sending in the farm team rather than the best.” Gannett bought US Presswire last September.) Harrington continues:
I’m guessing that the new President and Publisher of USA Today, who will be reporting to Gannett, Larry Kramer, will be wondering why a teenager is on the credentials list along with so many other US Presswire photographers when his thoroughbred sports photographers didn’t make the cut.
That teen is the daughter of a US Presswire photographer. The shooter who identified her on a message board wrote that “it’s a bit much when by being somebody’s daughter you can get credentialed to cover the Olympic Games in London,” then later apologized for identifying her. “I hope she makes the most of it,” he wrote, and comes back with some stunning images. In the same position there is no way I would turn down that opportunity. What really hacks me off is the Gannett/USPW policies.”