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By Deborah Carl

Deseret News' Dean Photo Editing Makes Worldwide News

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- A single cigarette is world famous. In a recent edition of the Deseret News, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, actor James Dean's photograph appeared without his customary cigarette. The manipulation violated newspaper policy against changing photographs, said managing editor Rick Hall and a clarification ran the following week, but news reports of the error have appeared in hundreds of newspapers around the world, even as far away as Malaysia, and, to the News' embarrassment, made the trade publication Editor &Publisher.

The picture, which fills nearly a quarter of the front page of the August 3 Weekend section, accompanied a story on a television movie about Dean's life. Hall said he and editor John Hughes were concerned that the cigarette projecting from Dean's mouth into the story's text was too striking a focal point and asked the staff to do something about it, thinking they would find a tobacco-free photo. Either due to a misunderstanding or tight deadline, the photo was digitally altered. "Our policy is very firm. We don't mess around with the content of pictures, and this went against that. There's no two ways around that," Hall said.


'Deseret News' Nixes Dean's Cigarette
Editor &Publisher (AP) 10Aug01 B3
By Hannah Wolfson, AP Business Writer
M.E. Apologizes For Photo Alteration


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