Reuters naively gives itself a RAW deal

Simpsons_Internet_Computers_Black_ShirtApple’s favourite news agency Reuters has decided that the best way it can deal with photoshopped pictures is by insisting that all its snaps are in JPEG format.

In what many photographers would consider completely clueless, Reuters has implemented a new worldwide policy for freelance photographers that bans photos that were processed from RAW files.

Photographers must now only send photos that were originally saved to their cameras as JPEGs.

A Reuters pictures editor said photojournalists could shoot raw images that’s fine, just take JPEGs at the same time.

A Reuters spokesperson has confirmed this policy change with PetaPixel, and says that the decision was made to increase both ethics and speed.

“As photojournalists working for the world’s largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters Pictures photographers work in line with our Photographer’s Handbook and the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles,” Reuters said.

“As eyewitness accounts of events covered by dedicated and responsible journalists, Reuters Pictures must reflect reality. While we aim for photography of the highest aesthetic quality, our goal is not to artistically interpret the news.”

Reuters appears to think that photos processed from RAWs are more likely to distort the truth with photoshopping. However no one appears to have worked out that a picture can be taken in raw, photoshopped and then saved as a JPG and Reuters would be none the wiser.