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Two pictures worth 2,000 words?

July 7, 2010 |  6:23 pm

Dalai Lama

If this photo looks familiar, it may be because you saw it twice in Wednesday's print edition. It accompanied both the World Briefing column in the main news section and the Late Briefing in LATExtra.

John De Simio of Los Angeles asked what happened. "In the good old days when there was oodles of available column inches it wouldn't have been so egregious," he said. "But at least the LATExtra one was in color."

Assistant photo editor Mary Vignoles acknowledged, "It was a mistake."

It seems like this would be an easy error to catch. However, each section has a different set of editors. Different assignment editors compile the briefing columns, different copy desks edit them, and different design editors lay out the pages. On a busy night, they may not have time to check what the others are doing.

Still, communication is key.

--Deirdre Edgar

Photo: The Dalai Lama marks his 75th birthday with a group of children in Dharamsala, India. Credit: Abhishek Madhukar / Reuters