Which one of these images is more newsworthy?
Or this one?
They were both taken by Associated Press photographer Andrew Burton at an Occupy Wall Street protest last week, a protest that has been largely non-violent.
But it was the top photo that was splashed on the front page of newspapers over the weekend.
You are the editor: Which photo do you use?
“We’ve written several articles and run numerous photographs in the paper and online from Occupy Wall Street protests, Washington Post Managing Editor Liz Spayd told Salon.com. “The vast majority portrayed the animated but generally peaceful demonstrations you describe. The one we ran last Saturday was a powerful, vivid image of a protester clashing with a policeman. Of all the photographs we looked at that day, it was the most original and the most newsy. The cutline made clear there were only 15 protesters arrested, a small number given the total crowd. We remain highly interested in this movement and its potential political power in the future.”
There’s some speculation, apparently, that maybe the “tackling protester” was just falling. The photographer told Salon he doesn’t know. He said he didn’t see the moment he’d captured with his camera and doesn’t know what happened.