Staging is so wrong…

The actual hug was obscured by crowd - and as you can see, there are NO cameras nearby.

Was this hug staged?

SECOND UPDATE: Thanks again to Amanda Emily for this link to the official state feed of the awards ceremony – as you can see there are NO photographers (still or broadcast) anywhere near the hug. You can barely see it down the center aisle just to the left of the aisle in the front row. And if you know your lenses, that hug that airred was shot with a wide angle lens, up close and personal. The action occurs at 26:20 in. For more…see original story below.

UPDATE: The only station that I could find video of the event described below is NBC affiliate KCRA. Reporter was Mike TeSelle. Here’s the url.
(Thanks to Amanda Emily among others for confirming what I was able to dig up.) Plus they have “the goods.” Video of the hug. My only other question is – who was the camerawo/man? Broadcast news travels in teams and it took both halves of the team to allow this.

ORIGINAL POST: Clifford Oto, a photographer for the Record in Stockton, has a wonderful blog. He talks about how he gets shots and the story behind his shots. I thoroughly enjoy reading it and especially enjoy his photos. Today, though, was a bit of a bummer.

Today Clifford reveals a media faux paS, I am embarassed to say, by a member of the broadcast media….who asked for a re-staging of a personal moment during a press conference.

And here’s Clifford’s justification”

People need to have confidence that what they’re seeing really happened. Real events have to be presented accurately so that our readers can trust us.

Right on! And yes, I vote THAT NEWS CREW off the dance floor. Whoever they are.


3 thoughts on “Staging is so wrong…

  1. Pingback: Ethics lapse in Sacramento | Amanda Emily

  2. Cyndy,

    Could you write more in-depth about this, sometime? I think there’s always been something of a perception (on the print side of journalism) that TV operates under a looser code of ethics, especially when it comes to staging and recreation of events. I’m not sure it’s necessarily that cut and dry. I’d be very interested in hearing your perspective.


    • Michael…I did touch on this some time back in a posting:
      At that time the perception was that broadcast “mules” had few if any ethics. That may only be a perception – since I’d already seen stories about still photogs altering images. And now, having to deal with the same deadlines and pressures as broadcast, still photogs are teetering and sliding down the same slippery slope. Thanks…I’ll do a bit of looking around and post something a bit more comprehensive in the future. And if any of you readers out there have examples, send them to me at

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