We all have seen those articles in newspapers - STREET INTERVIEWS or ASK A CITIZEN - usually they have 4 different peoples pictures with comments from each person. Tamara Bell must not have felt like going out to photograph people on the street and ask them questions...So she just made up fake photos and comments...Needless to say if her resume turns up at this fine upstanding news blog...We won't hire her!
veteran Sun-Times Media photographer was recently fired after she confessed to fabricating names and quotes in a feature that appeared in at least eight suburban publications, the company said in a statement.
In a note to readers last week, Chris Krug, publisher of the Sun-Times Media-owned Pioneer Press, said the photographer on numerous occasions fabricated information in the recurring "Question of the Week" feature.
"This is absolutely unacceptable," Krug wrote.
A Chicago Sun-Times story identified the photojournalist as Tamara Bell, saying she was fired Thursday.
Bell, 40, did not respond to requests for comment.
Appearing in several Sun-Times Media publications, the "Question of the Week" piece incorporates photos of individuals, their names, the community in which they live and answers to a question about a particular area or issue.
Spurred by a reader's complaint, the media company analyzed Bell's work and found problems with at least 43 quotes and photo captions in 11 "Question of the Week" features dating to March, according to the Chicago Sun-Times story. Bell admitted to 22 fabrications and was fired, Krug said.
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