Normally, The New York Times multimedia coverage impresses me with rich, well-developed packages. Yet, Laurie Goodstein’s “Catholic Bishops Urge Campaign for Religious Freedom” left me asking for more.
As usual, the article contained an interactive chunk, allowing readers to share the story across media. The interaction stopped there. The story presented neither video nor photos nor related articles. Although several links were included, they did not appear until the sixth paragraph.
I doubt many readers made it that far.
I understand that video and photos are not available for every story. Photos may not exist for breaking news, and video may not apply to all topics. But, art makes stories come alive. “Catholic Bishops Urge Campaign for Religious Freedom” was dead.
Goodstein covered the Roman Catholic Church’s petition to 2012 presidential candidates for religious freedom.
I find it very hard to believe that no related photos exist. Goodstein certainly didn’t break the story before a photographer could secure the photo. In fact, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops asserted their request after “more than half a year” of controversy, drawn to light by the health reform act’s implications for the Church.
Somewhere exists a related photo. Perhaps one of the Roman Catholic bishops quoted in the article, or of the Catholic employees potentially affected by the stipulations in the health reform, or even of a major Catholic holiday (did one not just pass?). I’m disappointed The New York Times didn’t find it.