Fish spawn porn: What you can’t learn in J school

There are things they simply do not teach you in J (journalism) school. Nor is there enough training in the world to prepare you for the weird conversations you can find yourself in as a newspaper editor.

Take, for example, this recent email exchange between myself and copy editor/designer Andrea Higgins. The subject of her email: “sorta icky picture coming to Sunday’s outdoors page.”

Andrea: (Out and About columnist Rick) Koval’s column is about propagating fish in a hatchery. The attached photo shows eggs being removed from a female walleye. Looks pretty gross. Just wanted to tell you because it might result in phone calls.

Me: Fish porn? You are just killing me here.

Andrea: There’s another photo of sperm being ejected from a male walleye.

Like that somehow would be better?

In an email conversation in February, Andrea sent me a translucent outline of the female form to illustrate a story about women’s health and heart disease. She wanted to know if the “boobage” featured in the illustration was OK by me since the illustration was, well, anatomically correct to a fare-thee-well.

I OK’d the use of the illustration.

But let me repeat: There are things they simply do not teach you in journalism school.

And, oh, by the way: Never got phone calls either about the female form or Sunday’s fish photo, which is below.

 

With the aid of a fish culturist, as many as 180,000 tiny eggs might be released from a single female walleye. The spray of eggs is captured inside a basin.

 

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    Christopher Mele is the executive editor at the Pocono Record. He assumed the post as the acting editor in December 2009 and was appointed permanently in March 2010. A native New Yorker and Pennsylvania transplant, Mele grew up in the Bronx and went ... Read Full
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