How to handle photos of bin Laden after they're released

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Al Tompkins rounds up experts' advice for newsrooms. Former Washington Post editor R.B. Brenner -- now Pulliam Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University -- tells him that journalists "normally have a skittishness when we show a dead body. You have to consider the size and placement of a photograph. I tend to believe in my gut and experience when it comes to showing dead bodies I opt for smaller and not color.” He also advises putting the image on an inside page.

> Miami Herald photographer in 2002: "Look! There's Osama bin Laden!"

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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