What we publish — in poor taste or not?

not teaching,still THINKING … “In poor taste.” Those three words can be a major factor in whether material is published or kept from public view. How to decide? Many times, it is up to individuals and colleagues to figure out where to draw the lines on appropriate subject matter for published content, including all the […]

Encore: Offensive? Poor taste? Neither?

This post originally was published June 18, 2012. It still applies to sensitive content today. The yearbook cover of a local middle school here in the Syracuse area caught the attention of some parents, who were upset that the photo montage — student faces forming the design of the school’s mascot — segregated the students by […]

Insensitive? In poor taste? Neither?

The yearbook cover of a local middle school here in the Syracuse area caught the attention of some parents, who were upset that the photo montage — student faces forming the design of the school’s mascot — segregated the students by dark faces and white faces. Check out the story, as published on syracuse.com under […]

Think Like a Photographer

New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller has an interesting piece out about combat photographers and why they do what they do. He visits with Joao Silva and Greg Marinovich, two photographers who work in war zones. Silva is the Times photographer now recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center; he lost both legs and […]

Molly drug user — an ethical issue

You never know when an ethical issue will confront you. This week, as I finished work with students in my advanced editing class — on a semester-long, online project about the Molly drug — it happened. The issue arose with a video, “Molly — a Student User,” that was produced by two of the students, […]

What eating queen ants can teach us

I just got the shivers when I read a New York Times headline about people in Brazil eating queen ants. Yuck. Then I realized the headline was for a video. Curiosity got the best of me. You have to watch the video to appreciate the custom. The background music perfectly suits the story. People are […]