Concern Over Our National Election Coverage
Hey there folks, Brad Kutner here, Gay RVA’s new Editor in Chief.
I will be releasing a more proper introduction in the next 48 hours, but until then, I would like to pass on some concerns we recieved about our national election coverage – specifically, the image we used of Mitt Romney with the words “loser” edited over his face.
As an editor and content producer, nothing makes me happier than to receive feedback about our publication – both positive or negative. We at Gay RVA want to be the voice of the community, and we can’t do that without hearing from you, the community.
We recieved an email from a subscriber to our news-letter – Nancy – She expressed concerns over our use of the Romney image.
I thanked Nancy graciously for her feedback – I want folks to know that we take feedback very seriously, and we consider it when moving forward with content.
I did make the edited photo of Romney - admittedly not my best photoshop work, but I’m a writer, not a graphic designer. I felt the image portrayed the elections outcome fairly and accurately - but I understand Nancy’s view that perhaps the word’s placement could have been done in a more tactful manor, in a less agressive font or moved slightly below his chin.
Nancy responded to my reply with this well thought out response -
“To be honest – the image upset me so much I did not read the article or any other article for that matter. Those of us that are in the minority (in this case gays and lesbians), should not resort to the same tactics that are used against us… it’s just not the way to do things. If your organization and the audience you serve do believe this is okay… I don’t want to have anything to do with your organization. It’s sad. Can’t we rise above this? We can speak our mind – but “Loser”? on the photo was just too much for me. You all can do better than that.”
How do you all, our readers, feel about this issue? How should we currently, and in the future, address content of a possibly sensitive nature? I know there are many lines to cross and balance upon, and there will be times when toes might get stepped on – but I hope as a community and as individuals we can realize the importance of the exchange of information and the pursuit of alternative view points.
I received Nancy’s approval to post her emails. (Thanks Nancy!) Feel free to shoot us your response at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments below.
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