Here’s a funny story about what happens when journalists are not careful about their work:
Photoshopped book title from Paula Broadwell’s Gen. David Petraeus’ biography goes viral on web
During the 5 p.m. newscast, 7NEWS wanted to show the book cover of the Petraeus biography, written by Broadwell. So someone did a Web image search, found an image of the book cover, and downloaded that image.
They showed it on-air.
Only it wasn’t the correct cover.
“The editor pulled the image of the book cover from the Internet without realizing it had been doctored.”
Take this as a cautionary tale — when you’re reporting to the public, you can’t be quick and sloppy. You really MUST check things carefully, or you can end up looking like a total idiot!