Introducing a new regular feature on The Tiger Beat Blog: Inside the Pages of News & Events
In coming weeks, News & Events Managing Editor Vienna Carvalho-McGrain will begin taking you behind the scenes of University News and offering an insider’s look at some of what goes on behind the walls of Building 86 (our campus home). For example, she’ll share insight behind News & Events story selection and front-page design decisions, “fly-on-the-wall” commentary of staff meetings, story previews and more.
As Vienna gears up for this endeavor and as a taste of what’s in store, here’s an insider’s account related to a photo selection in the May 18 issue of News & Events.
In mid-April, our photographer, Sue Weisler, captured a photo of NTID professor (and one of this year’s Eisenhart Award winners) Paula Grcevic with some of her students in a drawing studio. On that day, Professor Grcevic’s students were sketching nudes.
Around the same time, Sue mentioned to me the subject matter of the students’ sketches—some of which were visible in the backgrounds of many photos. As I recall, she seemed mildly concerned that the News & Events editorial staff—prudes that we are—might, to her dismay, crop the photos.
I had not yet seen the photos when, on May 5, I received a message from Karen Black, NTID director of media relations, questioning the photo choice that revealed a glimpse of a sketch of a, um . . . how shall I put it? . . . Bum. Back side. Fanny. Rear end.
Asked Karen: “Do you really think that’s appropriate? Is it me, am I too old and conservative, or should an award winning professor’s face not be next to a drawing of someone’s [caboose]?”
Â°Â°Uh oh,Â°Â° I thought. Â°Â°I better check out this photo.Â°Â°
Conceding that we’re generally not too cheeky when it comes to News & Events content, I surprised myself when, upon viewing the photo, I found it innocuous. And honest. And story-telling. And rather fun, actually.
But, out of respect for Karen’s concern, I suggested she seek the opinion of Professor Grcevic. “Since it’s a project she assigned, she may actually prefer the derriere shot,” I wrote. “It’s your call in the end.”
Karen agreed. A couple days later, she wrote:
“She prefers the derriere shot!”
So, that’s the poop behind how one person’s bottom photo choice (butt not another’s) almost got wiped from the pages of News & Events.