AP photographer and editor Karly Sadof included half her cover letter applying for a Buzzfeed photo-editing job in an image caption that was sent to all the AP's news
paper clients across the country.
The caption read:
Lauren Sherrick of Davenport, Iowa, helps paint a compass on the Mason City, Iowa, Municipal Airport ramp on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Instead of starting this cover letter by listing the top ten reasons why I am the perfect candidate to be Buzzfeed's photo essay editor, or creating a quiz about what type of job applicant, I, Karly Domb Sadof, am (because I imagine you have just finished reading half a dozen cover letters in those formats) I will say I am applying for Buzzfeed's photo essay editor position because I want to do to photojournalism what the Quiz and "listicle" have done to Lifestyle journalism. (AP Photo/The Globe Gazette, Arian Schuessler)
Sadof caught the error quickly, reportedly sending a corrected photo and caption were sent shortly afterward with the subject line "CORRECTS TO REMOVE UNNEEDED INFORMATION."
Unfortunately for Sadof in the digital age a quick reaction cannot repair a big mistake and numerous screenshots of the original caption are still available.
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