The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette offered a frank apology via Facebook this morning after one of its photographers digitally altered a front-page news photo to obscure the logo of a TV station.
A Gazette photographer went outside the boundaries of our standards when he obscured the name of a television station on a microphone in today’s front-page photo. Other than the photographer, no one at the Gazette was aware of what had taken place with the photo. Our photographers know that it is unacceptable to alter reality in news photos. The photographer believed his action helped direct the focus of the photo to the subject. He was wrong to do so. This is a singular incident. Disciplinary action will be taken to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
The story itself on the website shows the correct photo but contains no mention of the error, nor is an apology visible on the homepage.
The photo is credited to Lawrence Pierce, a 50-year veteran of the Gazette.
— Marcus Constantino (@amtino) December 3, 2013