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'Concord (N.H.) Monitor' Acknowledges Running Doctored Photo

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'Concord (N.H.) Monitor' Acknowledges Running Doctored Photo

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The Concord (N.H.) Monitor alerted its readers today that a doctored photograph had been published in Tuesday's edition of the paper. In a column titled "Pictures Can Lie, But Not in a Newspaper," Executive Editor Felice Belman wrote that an article in the Monitor's "Neighbors" section had been accompanied by a manipulated photo. The report had highlighted New Hampshire Institute of Technology students' efforts to create a medicinal herb garden on the school campus, and featured a group shot of the students. Photo editor Dan Habib told E&P that a reader had discovered something was amiss and wrote a letter to the paper. "If you look at the picture closely, the faces [of the students] have different lighting conditions," Habib said. "It was a composite photograph." Habib, the Monitor's photo editor for the past 12 years, said that the paper's strict policy on images is a bit harder to apply to the "Neighbors" section. A lot of times, he said, it's hard to spot that a reader-submitted image has been manipulated.

Belman explained that the "Neighbors" section is a bulletin board of sorts, to which readers submit notices of upcoming events and seek to highlight local achievements, often by s+udents. …

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