Being a manager for RIT’s Intramural program, I have the privilege of getting to decide what color the champion t-shirts are and of course I’m able to get a sneak preview of what they look like prior to the champions when they win them. With RIT Intramurals being one of the largest organizations on campus with over 1,500 participants, everyone gets rather excited as the season winds down. I must get hundreds of questions throughout the semester about these t-shirts because they are something each participant is interested in acquiring at the end of the season.
I think this image is something important to many RIT students every semester, but is not newsworthy. Compared to the images in the Atlantic article, “The War Photo No One Would Publish,” this images is not graphic or difficult to look at. There’s really not much to this picture other than the fact that it reveals the color of this semester’s t-shirts.
I believe the decisions for an image to be published or not comes down to the relevance to the news story as well as the reactions the image may receive. Newspapers and the like want images to capture the attention of the audience. Something too graphic will turn people away and an image with nothing to it will bore the audience. There must be a happy medium and although this image presents quality information that people are interested in, there is nothing else to the image.