More stock photo laziness

I’ve written a couple of times before (here and here) about journalists (or subs) being pretty lazy when it comes to picking stock photos to somewhat illustrate stories.

And for some reason, it always seems to be related to property stories – at least the ones that I’ve noticed anyway.

Another for the list is TheJournal.ie who yesterday posted a story about repossessions of homes in Ireland – illustrated with a photograph of houses from Newcastle, England.

Maybe it’s just me, but if someone’s going to be giving me the news, I’d like them to put a bit of effort into making sure it’s all (story, images, quotes and references) accurate, relevant and appropriate.

thejournal.ie story about Irish property market

AP Images of Newcastle housing estate

4 Responses to More stock photo laziness

  1. Gary February 16, 2011 at 13:14 #

    A bizarre stock photo choice from TheJournal.ie
    http://www.thejournal.ie/payday-a-black-day-for-many-irish-workers-2011-01/

  2. valueireland February 16, 2011 at 23:17 #

    Yes, truly bizarre! Can’t even begin to work that one out.

  3. Devil's Advocate April 27, 2011 at 17:54 #

    Doesn’t it get across the idea of serried ranks of houses waiting to be re-possessed, therefore effectively communicating the body of text?

  4. valueireland May 5, 2011 at 18:13 #

    But you wouldn’t show a photo of Bill Hobbs when you’re writing about Eddie Hobbs. So why show a picture of houses in England when you’re writing about houses in Ireland?

    And, if as you’re insinuating, that there are “serried ranks of houses waiting to be re-possessed” somewhere in Ireland – which the story isn’t really communicating specifically as far as I can see, then send someone out to get a photo of those Irish houses.

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