Keller says decision to run photo of starving Somali child on NYT’s A1 ‘a no-brainer’

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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.

  • 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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