There comes a point in every journalist’s career when he or she does something so hurtful that it warrants a public apology.
I think that it is safe to say that after Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Times Leader, I have reached that point.
In my nine months as Managing Editor of the DTL, I have had some major lapses in judgement, and I have made some mistakes.
Wednesday’s story, “Dead body found along highway” was the worst mistake of my career, by far.
The choice we made on the picture that we used was without taste.
This type of sensationalism is not to be tolerated by a community that expects tactful and factual coverage from its local newspaper.
There are no words that can express how sorry we are to have hurt the family of the deceased, along with his many friends in this community.
At this point there is no way to retract the damage that has been done through our own choices at this paper, but we do not stand by our decision to run the picture in question.
It was poor judgement at its worst.
Our community, and certainly the family members deserve better than what was given to them yesterday, and I can promise that this sort of thing will never happen again.
I want to apologize to the family, friends and lastly the entire community for the pain that was caused by our own hands.
As editor of this paper, I take full responsibility for these actions.