What makes a photo news-worthy?

Earlier this year, the Chinese President Hu Jintao whilst visiting Washington has agree with Barack Obama to “build a China-U.S. cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit”. Since this was a historic visit, the press corp. would have been in a frenzy to get news-worthy video and stills of anything they could. A lucky few would have been inside the White House during the initial meetings where they would have taken very exclusive images.

The question is “what actually makes a news-worthy photo?”. Each photo editor is different, and to a certain degree has access to the same shots (unless they had a staff photographer on hand), but do you go with the “officially sanctioned” photos, or go off grid to something different, and how different I suppose depends on the readership for your publication, whether web or paper. The regular readership of any publication expects a certain level of journalism, and gets to expect a certain “type” of photo.

From a web perspective, is it any more news worthy if you have lots of hits on a particularly bad photo over what you (the writer) would consider a good one? Does that make it more news worthy if they both portray essentially the same image?

I took the image here at Kennedy Space Center (American spelling) in the gift shop. I, personally at least, found it funny that NASA emblems have a “Made in China” sticker on them. Is this the face of the new Communism? Will the next shuttle also have a little sticker somewhere? Is this photo news-worthy?

What do you think?

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