By James Janega
2:43 PM CDT, May 9, 2013
The photo of Filomena Tobias extending a middle finger to ejected Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah at May 8's game against the Miami Heat went viral. USA TODAY Sports photographer Steve Mitchell captured a moment that captured the emotion of an intense sports rivalry. But if you were an editor, would you put it in the newspaper?
The Chicago Tribune makes news decisions about photographs on a case-by-case basis after a conversation among editors.
That conversation involves the different audiences who are likely to see the photo, the size of the image, and its play in the newspaper -- where it would appear and how prominently. And when a photo is shocking, that conversation includes whether the photo has news value and illustrates a news event worth covering.
That discussion began Thursday among editors of the Chicago Tribune considering what would go into Friday's newspaper. It already had been decided it would be used online at chicagotribune.com after a discussion.
Among the questions: Is there a before or after shot that shows the same emotion without the obscene gesture? For instance, the Tribune's John J. Kim took the photo on the left above.
What would you do?
-- James Janega, Trib Nation manager
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