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Good pictures. From SR to the families... Merry Christmas this is how we show you where your loved ones died just a few day before Christmas. We give you 22 shots to the heart. I for one am NOT impressed SR would it have been any pictures if it were someone in your family? Next time I think you might have a heart, never mind it's just news
I never understood this either. If Matt Westerhold or another employee's family member is killed this way I want to see the curtesy extended to us in the name of " a news worthy article". A real insensitive bunch the Sandusky Register is.
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Many of us are from the area and some of us grew up here. We are members of this community and don't enjoy having to cover the tragedies in it. It is, however, our job to bring you the news and we do use discretion when doing so.
If you do not like certain articles or galleries at our site I would encourage you to move on to the next story and not click into it. We give plenty of notice in the headline and preview text/photos to what is included in the full stories and galleries.
Bring us the news yes, not such graphic photos. As I stated earlier will you do the same if it is one of your dear loved ones for the sake of news, my thought is no! I did not stop to look at the photos but to merely comment. I have been scanning thru articles on line and not even clicking into the various photos and saw photos of the deceased, such as a foot of the victim in the accident on Pipe St. All I am saying is have the same passion for the sake of news when it comes to your loved ones.
I assure you, some member of our news staff will report on all tragedies, regardless of who is involved.
It's hardly our favorite thing to do, and we don't enjoy it, but it is news.
As Jason has already said, please contact the newsroom if you have any questions or need clarification.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I'd say there are 22,000 right here in this article.
Alissa I think reporting on tragedies is fine your words can tell a story. Do you think posting 22 pics for the family to cry over is worth selling a few papers? Some reporters can tell a story like this with some respect for people. 22 pics is just over the top. Your editors should have more faith in the reporters to be able to tell a story.
News is just information. You are attaching your own feelings to this. I fail to see why these pictures would be construed and 'shots to the heart'. Either the family will not even be looking at them or they will have seen the vehicles in person to receive personal items. Bad things happen all the time and pictures and a story in the paper do not change the severity of it. You cannot and should not shield people from horrible things. If you did, there would be no news. It's tragic but that's life. You all need to be objective and look at it that way, not in your own twisted perspective. I have had a relative in an accident and have seen fatal accidents. It can be very life changing. But blaming the paper for reporting it is rather small-minded. I requested pictures of the fatal accident I witnessed in an effort to help me get over it. Facing your demons and fears is better than avoiding them.
Unassumer I don't need to see anything other than it's wrong. Tell me why 22 pics when you can just tell this sad story with words. That is news with a little CLASS. And to put the blame on the paper is where it belongs you or I didn't take the pics or did you. Some people just get off looking at some others loss. You don't need to tell someone how to look at things or how to feel. Your feelings are yours and have nothing to do with mine, WRONG IS JUST WRONG. Just because my view is not the same as the one you have don't make it IGNORANT. If I think your views were ignorant I will not tell you I just let you go on looking the way you do.
As a relatively new visitor to this website, I have not been impressed by either the reporting or the editorializing of the Sandusky Register. Quite frankly, most high school newspapers are more professional. However, keep in mind that the SR and most print publications in this country are dying. This website is their last ditch effort to survive, thus the splashy content as they try to appear relevant in a culture that is quickly leaving them behind. Expect more of this type of sensationalism in the future.
You are correct. More paper version are closing the doors all the time. I am just tired of this one trying to stay alive on the loss of others with pictures. They can't just tell a story with words for the respect of families. It might be me but they could show a heart. A paper of this size don't need to keep doing this time after time.
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Discretion was used in selecting the photos to be used in this gallery from a horrific crash scene. We have had families and law enforcement thank us in the past for the photos we have provided to them as the photos have provided more information to what may have happened.
Mr. Werling you can't tell me your reporters can't tell a sad story like this without posting 22 pictures so the family can see how bad the crash was. I think 1 would have been more than enough. If a family member of yours dies in a accident like this one, we will see how many pictures you will post. If your reporters can't tell a story in words and get a point across you don't have very good staff. You Mr. Werling should have more faith in the staff you have. I guess that is one reason your paper subscribers are dropping off. You can't tell me it's not because I know of at least 10 people that have dropped your rag because of the stories like this and the price going up and the paper getting smaller. It is not my job to tell you how to keep readers that is your job and you are not doing that very well. I will tell you one thing not to do. DON'T GO GET PICTURES OF THE DEAD BODIES just because it might sell a paper or two. When you have more respect for people out here your subscribers might start return but I don't think so you have done this for way longer than I care to waste my time on you. If you would like to close my account for telling you what I think that is up to you. But don't you ever call me out like this again. Your rag is not that special and your not the only place to get REAL news.
Merry Christmas I hope you truly can live with this. Please start with a little more respect for others it might help.
Doug7880, if you view my response as calling you out, I apologize. I was responding to your original post.
We are not making the families involved in this tragedy look at the photos published here. Just like anyone else at the site they have the choice to look at them or not look at them.
This is a horrific crash whether it is one photo or 22 photos. There are no pictures of the deceased. We do not publish those type of photos.
I can only hope our coverage of tragedies like this will keep one person from leaving a house after one too many or another from looking at that one final text while driving. I am not saying that this is the case here, but we have countless crashes that could have been avoided.
There was an instance of a Pipe street crash where a provided photo had a victim visible in the image. The image was removed when we were advised of the mistake.
I have a great deal of respect for our readers and our online community. I promote a constructive dialogue with many here in our comments section. I also have a great deal of respect for my fellow co-workers and the job we do each day here at the Register. We write thousands of stories and take thousands of photos each year with a small percentage of those including coverage of fatal crashes. It is our job to report the news, good or bad.
If you have constructive ideas on what would make your experience here at sanduskyregister.com better, please e-mail me. I didn't say it was your job to do so, I was just asking for your opinion. Many businesses ask their customers for feedback, this isn't a first.
your reporter Shawn Foucher in his story had 1 photo and told the story well. He didn't need 22 to get his point across. The hyperlink to the pictures was not needed but somewhat better. He can tell a story and not make the family see what happened. Your paper needs more reporters like him or you need to trust the others more. The families don't need to see the pics or without the extra click to get to them. My hat is off to Shawn Foucher for his respect to others please don't use the pics it's just not right. Seeing the pics will not stop people from drinking and driving. It has never and most likely will not stop this it's a shame and that's a fact. You just can't fix stupid but you can have more respect for the departed's family.
Some people just don't understand tacky!
You guys don't have the right to tell people how to do their job! Do you pay them? Did you pay for their education or training? There are things that are hard to look at but someone has to do the job all of these people do. Imagine being a first responder and having to view things like this. A photographer has a tough job in these incidents. He has to focus on something h/s would rather not see. Now try getting that image out of your head! Bad things happen! Sad but true!
22 photos is a lot. BUT Let this be a lesson to all - Don't Drink and Drive! I am not 100% sure, but they say alcohol may have contributed to this accident.
I can't quite comprehend what the drivers seeing this would do. Where the accident occurred, there was no field to go off into. I hope the SR follows up on whether or not drugs/alcohol were factor. I know the area and not sure how someone goes the wrong way here. It's a horrible tragedy.
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