The Dysfunctional Guitar: More on the Reuters Syria Photo Controversy

Link: The Dysfunctional Guitar: More on the Reuters Syria Photo Controversy — BagNews

what we have here is more of a teaching moment. Talking with many colleagues this week, I know I’m not the only one who is frustrated with Reuters. Given blanket denials and the refusal to address specifics information already published about the munitions story, it does a disservice to all the earnest professionals in the business, especially those working for the photo agency

Reading the Pictures: Were Reuters “Boy in a Syrian Bomb Factory” Photos Staged?

Link: Reading the Pictures: Were Reuters “Boy in a Syrian Bomb Factory” Photos Staged? — BagNews

We hope this this post might contribute to a thoughtful, open and persistent examination — among concerned citizens, the photo community and among photo- and news media – about the truth behind this story, as well as the issues surrounding how stories in conflict zones can be visually procured today. Below, we’ve paired photos from the story with either direct quotes or paraphrased comments from the reactions we received:

When Photos Lie: Sticking Up for Jalen Brunson

Link: When Photos Lie: Sticking Up for Jalen Brunson – Shooting from the Hip

I felt the image could be misconstrued, so, I decided that it would be reckless of me to transmit the photo and take a chance that someone who didn’t see the play unfold would think that Jalen Brunson was flipping off the crowd or officials.
A photographer from the Peoria newspaper decided to send his version of the image and it was published online with the caption- “Jalen Brunson of Lincolnshire Stevenson makes a gesture to the Chicago Whitney Young crowd.”
The Twitter-verse exploded.
Brunson’s historic game was now just a side show to an online circus.

Reuters Denies Ethical Allegations, While Some Syria Photographs Still Questioned

Link: Reuters Denies Ethical Allegations, While Some Syria Photographs Still Questioned | NPPA

Back in September when Khatib’s photographs hit the Reuters picture network there was a stir among photographers and editors who were tasked with covering Syria’s war. Many questioned the credibility of the images at the time. Reporters and photographers were sent out to find “Issa.” They came back saying they were unable to turn up the young boy.

Questions About News Photographers in Syria Arise After Freelancer’s Death

Link: Questions About News Photographers in Syria Arise After Freelancer’s Death

Seasoned combat photographers are never immune to the perils of war. But since Molhem’s death, several news media outlets have questioned Reuters’s reliance on a teenage photographer in a war zone. An examination of the events surrounding Molhem’s death has also raised questions about Reuters’s network of local photographers in Syria and their journalistic practices