It seems pretty innocuous but to those in the business, doing a little photoshop editing of a journalism photo is pretty egregious. Allan Detrich, formerly of the Toledo Blade, was found to have photoshopped prints submitted for publication. Most of the editing was done to remove backgrounds according to Detrich.
Two Pulitzer Prizes are awarded to photojournalism, Breaking News and Feature Photography. I’m having a bit of trouble wrapping my head around why this is such a bad thing but I get the point from those in the know that it is.