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Iconic photo ultimately didn’t tell the story but it wasn’t ‘fake news’

Page 1 of the June 25-July 1 issue included the iconic image by Getty Images staff photographer John Moore. Details about the girl in the photo and her family were revealed after the page went to press.

The photo published on the front page of the June 25-July 1 issue of the Review prompted many readers to question its use.

The photograph was taken on June 12 by Getty Images staff photographer John Moore in McAllen, Texas. We licensed the image from Getty Images through Catholic News Agency.

AN EDITOR'S LIFE | Media coverage of pope's trip highlights popularity, personality

Teak Phillips

The big news last month — at least for about a week — was Pope Francis' visit to our country. His three-city tour was his first trip ever to the U.S. and, by many accounts, was a success.

Earlier this month, the Pew Research Center released a study that "28 percent of U.S. adults say they have a more positive view of the Catholic Church because of Pope Francis." Just six percent said they have a more negative view of the Church after the pope's visit.

FROM THE EDITOR | Path to integration is a journey with Christ

Events in our community in the past few months have prompted conversations about race relations, justice and equality. For many in St. Louis, these conversations have been uncomfortable. For decades there have been great divides in our communities, where we are too often separated by race and ethnicity, north and south, city and county, old and young.

These divisions might be common, but they don't need to be the norm. We should start with some self-challenge.

In my high school civics class, the teacher challenged us to explore our differences. One day, a student challenged back.

FROM THE EDITOR | Dispatches from chaos in 140 characters or less

Bishop Edward M. Rice prayed at the memorial site for Michael Brown, whose shooting by a police office sparked civil unrest, looting and rioting in Ferguson. With Bishop Rice were Sister Cathy Doherty, SSND; Jim Kemner, a parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe; and Msgr. Jack Schuler, director of mission integration of Catholic Charities of St. Louis.

Working for a weekly newspaper has its challenges, most have to do with time. One might assume that the pace at a weekly newspaper is 1/7th that of a daily, but it's just not the case. Some weeks feel more intense than they would at a daily, in part because we have a smaller staff.

But social media changes that. No real newspaper is just weekly or daily or whatever frequency any more. We're all instant.

Thank you, Twitter.

The chaos in Ferguson in the last couple of weeks has presented both great opportunities and challenges for a level field for all news media.

FROM THE EDITOR | Evangelizing through pictures

Teak Phillips

Like many photojournalists I know, I started my career early. In the fall of 1986, as a scrawny high-school freshman, I joined our yearbook staff. My mother had required me to do an extra-curricular activity and I wasn't good or even interested in many sports. The yearbook sounded like fun.

I was pretty much obsessed with news photography from my first "assignment" -- a football game. I recently discovered a photo from that game. A quarterback was pitching the ball as defensive linemen was taking him down. Even by my standards today that photo would be publishable.

FROM THE EDITOR | Sharing God's Word, not spam

Teak Phillips

Many readers will recall a time, back in the mid-1990s, when we started to embrace email. It was slow back then, at least by today's standards, but still an efficient communication tool.

Soon people discovered the "CC" and "forward" functions. Then came the jokes and chain messages promising great fortunes or luck to whoever forwarded the message. Some guys in Nigeria had a great investment and "friends" were asking for cash to get out of jail in Hong Kong or Manilla. Oh, and don't vote for this or that candidate, lest he or she lead our nation to assured destruction.

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