Charleston Gazette photographer alters image to obscure TV station’s logo

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 left image, courtesy Newseum, appeared on the front page of the Gazette today. The right image, taken from a slightly different angle, was posted to the Gazette’s Facebook page.

The photo is credited to Lawrence Pierce, a 50-year veteran of the Gazette.

h/t @amtino:

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  • Patrick Jean

    Why didn’t they just crop the bottom of the photo to where the station’s logo no longer appeared? I don’t see anything in that area of the photo that *has* to make it into print.

  • danbloom

    Taiwanese Chinese-language newspapers and TV news shows routinely BLOCK out the names of competitor logos on mics in news shot. Par for the course here. What’s the big deal. why show a free logo ad for your competitor when u can use tech to mosaic it out or block it?