Juxtaposition fail: Florida Times-Union slaps gun show sticker over shooting story
This Friday Florida Times-Union front page features a gun show sticker by a story of a shooting.
Says the paper’s ‘vice president of audience’ Kurt Caywood:
All of us at The Florida Times-Union know that gun violence is one of the most emotionally charged and pressing issues facing our community. The tragedy that occurred on a Duval County school bus Thursday was as societally significant as it was frightening. As such, a team of reporters, editors and photographers approached this story with great sensitivity and professionalism, and we stand proudly by their report on page 1A of Friday’s newspaper.
They did. But did you?
The appearance of a gun-related front-page sticky note on the same day was an incredibly regrettable coincidence. It was born of the purposeful separation between our news and advertising departments, an approach we take because we value nothing more than the objectivity of our journalism. That said, this clearly was an oversight. We’re aggressively reviewing our procedures and will implement steps to prevent such a situation in the future.
File under: who reads it before it goes out?