MPR NewsQ, like most other news web sites, encourages the audience to submit images of news events and interesting Minnesota scenes. But it increases the responsibility of editors to check and doublecheck. Just ask KGO TV, which covered the big gas explosion in San Bruno, Calif., late last week.
One of the images the audience submitted — and one that was used by the web site — was actually an image from the TV series, “Lost.” Whoops.
By the way, have you explored Minnesota Scenes on the Minnesota Today site yet? No TV images are included.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
NewsCut is a blog featuring observations about the news. It provides a forum for an online discussion and debate about events that might not typically make the front page. NewsCut posts are not news stories.