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There’s professionalism, then there’s the Lowell Sun, which is on another plane of existence all together. The rules don’t apply to them, doncha know?
What rules would that be? Rules about stealing, of course!
On first glance, this photo looks like a great shot by a staff photographer.
It’s even labeled Sun File Photo. Except, it’s not. It’s a photo taken by Jennifer Myers, former Sun employee, after she was no longer employed and was, actually, on the staff of the Mayor himself. The photo was taken August 11, 2012, at the Cameroon flag raising. Jen started working for the Mayor August 1, 2012. Even worse, it was taken off of her Facebook page, where she had posted it.
I learned of this from Jen herself on Facebook, where she posted a status expressing dismay. Could you imagine waking up to the paper on your doorstep, only to see your own photo staring up at you?
Now, you might say, while technically it was stealing, this was an easy mistake, given that her employment with the Sun was barely behind her and her new job less than two weeks old. But this is sloppy as all hell for an organization that supposedly is staffed by professionals. (This is, of course, debatable.) It is also pretty sad that someone didn’t send a quick message to ask her, hey, did you take this while on the Sun staff, which means the Sun has copyright, or after, when you were no longer working here? I understand deadlines are deadlines, but Jen’s pretty fast to respond to requests. Not to mention, they should really have had better photos of the Mayor of their own all this time. (Jen’s comment: “I would have let them use it if they asked, since they appear to be too busy to take an updated photo of the city’s mayor and instead use one from 2007.”) I know they work their reporters to the absolute bone for shit pay for all they do (they are all expected to supply photos and videos, oh AND do traditional reporting and social media posting as well) but it’s not like the Mayor is that hard to find. Maybe they’re afraid the Mayor might stick out his tongue every time they try to get a new photo of him?
One wonders, is the Sun going to rectify this mistake, and/or compensate Jen for her work that they stole? Personally, at a minimum, an apology in print seems in order. Stealing is stealing whether or not the work is from a former employee, or if the work was shared online.
Addendum: also, this is especially funny given that Jen’s Facebook commentary is also quoted in today’s Sun Column (link here, you don’t have to visit it though, I wouldn’t) in an absolutely silly manner - seems the Sun wants to immaturely tweak its former employee, despite the fact it’s pretty much nigh irrelevant to anyone in any way.
One person thrilled Lynch has lasted this long is mayor’s aide Jennifer Myers.
“One-day-early celebration of the 7th anniversary of the day Lowell took it’s (sic) awesomeness as a city to a new level,” Myers posted on Facebook this week with a photo of a tiramisu cupcake.
“Thanks 2006 City Council!”
What a total rag.
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