Glasgow paper uses mobile phone pic on front page - Press Gazette

Glasgow paper uses mobile phone pic on front page

The Glasgow Evening Times used a reader's photograph on its front page today for the first time.

Times reader Paul O'Brien used his mobile phone to the capture the image of a woman being rescued from the River Clyde by a military helicopter.

The woman was spotted in the water shortly after 11am today when a passer-by dived in to help.

An ambulance was called after the pair were seen in the water together and a Royal Navy helicopter, which was taking part in exercises in nearby Prestwick, was sent to the scene and winched the woman to safety.

The Evening Times put O'Brien's picture on its website and on the front page of tonight's newspaper – and they had a few to choose from.

No Evening Times photographers were on the scene but — out of the dozens who turned out to watch the rescue in progress — six people emailed photographs in from their phones.

Picture editor John Young knew straight away which one was best.

He said: "This is a first for us. It was used with the London bombs, but we've never done it. It's not that great quality as a picture, it's acceptable and it gets the message across. With a news picture it's sometimes content rather than quality that matters."

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