Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

August 22, 2012

Names left out of photograph caption


Aug. 22, 2012 — The editor:

As I was reading this week’s edition of the Grayson Journal-Enquirer and as I observed the front page photograph accompanying the story, “Carter County steps up again for tornado victims”, I noticed the staff writer was guilty of gender bias.

The subject photograph recognized all the five men, Willis Kelly, Mike Lindon, Charles Wallace, E. E. McGuire, and Stephen Howard.

There were four women in the photograph, and not one was mentioned. I feel that if you recognize all the men, the women should be respected enough to be recognized also.

With respect to another matter, I am aware that as people read your newspaper, several of them cut out articles and photographs relating to relatives and loved ones. Back when all the photographs were in black and white, the photographs were crisp and clear, and were recognizable several years later. With today’s color photographs, the majority of them are grainy and fuzzy and are not recognizable even when they are first published.

It would serve your readers’ interest better, or at least mine, to go back to the use of all black and white photographs.

Carlos Wade Everman


(Editor’s Note: Due to a reporter’s error, the names of the four women were omitted from the caption. They are Jennifer Sheets, Patty Gibson, Linda Watterson and Sue Brunk. All are members of the Morgan County Long Term Recovery Team. It was a human error, not gender bias. We apologize for the omission.)