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Should I even bother?
Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 1:48 PM on 12.27.13
->> One of the papers I string for, has on occasion, placed a caption on an action shot that is not correct. Players ID'd ok, but what is happening in the image gets labelled wrong. For example, an image from a Holiday basketball tourney this week was captioned as a shot attempt, when in fact it was a block of a pass in a trap press.
I renamed the image with the correct info before giving the image to the writer. The caption was renamed by the person toning and cropping the image.
So.......should I even bother to inform the writer or sports editor of the mislabeling of the image?
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 2:09 PM on 12.27.13
->> Absolutely.
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David Welker, Photographer, Assistant
Springfield | MO | USA | Posted: 2:09 PM on 12.27.13
->> Sam,

This happens from time to time, but it is my opinion that you should always be sure that your credibility should remain intact. That being said, I would just mention something to the editor you work with or who contracts you out. Most times they will handle it, and leave you out of it. If it is a continuing issue, I'd definitely bring it up.

Just my two cents.
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Jim Karczewski, Photographer, Assistant
Hammond | IN | USA | Posted: 5:15 PM on 12.27.13
->> I wanted to tell my PE about the horrid captions on a game I saw recently of a local school. School name is "Thea Bowman Academy" but everyone calls it "Bowman" and it's in Gary, IN.

Captions read, "Bowmens Ind., player goes up for a shot. xyz for Sun-Times Media."

Not Only is that completely wrong, but some captions didn't even have a period delineating the name from the caption, it was all one big run-on sentence. And we have standards we're supposed to follow, for our names it's "| Jim Karczewskifor Sun-Times Media"

I don't really care, it wasn't my assignment, but for them to let that go really bugged me... and I don't know why.

But I would definitely mention to someone that your caption was edited to say something contrary to what your original caption stated. I've had it happen to me and told my PE the next time he called.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 7:24 PM on 12.27.13
->> Call them and tell them. If they're doing things right they'll correct the caption. Don't let a concern about "the system" at the paper stop you from doing your job properly.
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 9:16 AM on 12.28.13
->> A lot of these issues are the result of newsroom layoffs of copy editors whose job it is to find and correct these snafus. A lot of papers have simply done away with copy editors, proof readers, etc. to trim expenses and it shows in the end result.
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 8:42 PM on 12.30.13
->> Thanks to all!
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Thomas E. Witte, Photographer, Photo Editor
Cincinnati | OH | USA | Posted: 4:03 PM on 12.31.13
->> Yes, because otherwise management might think you're the one making the mistake. I worked at the paper in State College back in 2000 and it was crazy how often they would change captions. I remember this one HS basketball photo that was a one-in-a-million photo... The kid pulled in a rebound and made a buzzer beater game winning shot.

The funny thing was body positioning of the rebound made it look like he had just released a shot rather than the ball coming towards his hands. He was towering over all these hands reaching up at him to boot. When he shot on basket about 1/4 second later, it wasn't as dramatic or pretty. Plus, since it was the end of the game, the remote strobes were low on power and slow to recycle, so the rebound photo was properly lit, and the shot was only half lit but with nice side lighting.

I went with the better lit and more dramatic rebound photo and captioned it something like: "Some dude pulls in a rebound under heavy pressure to set up the game winning shot at the buzzer." The sports desk just captioned it: "Some dude releases the game winning shot."

Well.. That's a lie. That's not what was happening in the photo.

But they also changed names according to what they thought was right. I remember them wanting to give me a written warning and put me on probation for putting the wrong name in a caption once... Well, I put the right name in the original file/proof. The problem was this team had one or two players that had different numbers for their home and away jerseys. (this was pretty common for some reason in central Pennsylvania). I used the away roster, the sports guy used a home roster.

So yea, the problem was the system. There was no communication with the photo department or fact checking.
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