Bill Keller tells Michael Calderone that top editors looked a half dozen of Tyler Hicks‘ photos, “all of them arresting.” Director of photography Michele McNally selected the photo of the child that’s on today’s front page — a pick that Keller says was “pretty much the consensus of the room.”
We realize, of course, that the story du jour is the debt vote — to which we devoted the lead story and upwards of four pages this morning — but there’s no reason that has to eclipse a human catastrophe in Africa. Readers can follow more than one important story at a time.
Jeffrey [Gettleman] and Tyler went to great trouble and some risk to get as close as they could to the calamity in Somalia. They sent us a harrowing story and vivid, arresting photographs. We put them before the attention of our readers. That’s our job.