Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Leaping off the Page

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Leaping off the Page

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PHOTO CHOICE CATCHES FLAK

Kent Davy faced one of those decisions that keep editors awake at night. The Escondido, Calif., North County Times editor had before him a horrifying photo, taken hours earlier, of a 53-year-old Vietnam veteran making a successful suicide jump off an overpass 60 feet in the air. Photographer David Carlson, a seven-year Times veteran, had caught Gustav Strutz in mid-leap. The question before Davy and his editorial team: Should they run the photo?

There was no question that the suicide was newsworthy, Levy says, because it happened at the intersection of the two busiest freeways in Escondido, Interstate 15 and Highway 78. Traffic along these routes was backed up for more than two hours as vehicles were diverted from the scene. A story was certainly a necessity, but was the photo? After impassioned deliberations that drifted into the evening, Davy and his team decided it was, and Carlson's shot ran on Page One of the next day's paper, on Aug. …

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