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The photo I didn’t run

In Photography on 3 Aug 2017 at 2:50 pm

Last week, there was a murder in Half Moon Bay. Only it wasn’t a murder. And that last part further complicated an already difficult decision about whether to run a photo I knew would upset some people.

Some explanation is in order.

We don’t have many murders, thankfully. Maybe four in my dozen or more years here. So when arts reporter Sarah Greigo Guz called me one evening to say she stumbled onto a crime scene and the scuttlebutt was that there had been a murder, it was a big deal. We scrambled a news reporter and I made some social media posts, of course.

I also got a call from a local photographer, who said he had photos from the scene. I asked for them and he sent them, and my actual text back to him at the time was: “Wow.”

That is the most impressive photo above… Except I cropped out the “wow” part. Which is an unnatural act for a newspaper editor and required a lot of soul-searching on my part.

What you don’t see, off to the left, is a body under a white tarp. At the time, I was convinced I would run it full frame. That conviction changed over time.

First, I sent the photo around to Wick editors. I would say most people, about 60 percent of those who provided feedback, said they would run it for the same reasons I thought I would. It was big news, it occurred in public, there were likely already photos like it on social media. It wasn’t particularly gory. … Read the rest of this entry »


Meet Hilde, reporter

In journalism on 7 Apr 2016 at 11:18 am

Just when you think all is lost, that journalism is about to be replaced in the dictionary with wikisocialsharingwhateverism, along comes Hilde Lysiak. Oh, thank god.

She is the publisher of the Orange Street News and you might have heard about her because CBS, The Washington Post and other more well-known outlets have reported on her journalistic enterprise. She is also 9 years old.

Hilde made a name for herself, in part, by covering a murder in her town of Selinsgrove, Pa. She was on scene hours before the “real” local newspaper and, because of her efforts, a lot of people in her community learned news that would be big in any small town. She sells a monthly newspaper, keeps a vibrant website and has more YouTube views than you do. (Trust me.)

Hilde was born to it. Father Matthew Lysiak used to be a reporter for The New York Daily News and he sometimes took his daughter on assignments. Older sister Isabel, who is all of 12, has an advice column in another local paper. … Read the rest of this entry »