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Read: ‘the challenge of writing picture captions’ – The Guardian

Good article here – Guardian online reports: The corrections column co-editor on… the challenge of writing picture captions
…Mistakes sometimes happen because the subeditor writing a caption is working from sketchy information provided by the photographer, many of whom loathe the job of adding caption material, according to the Guardian’s picture editor, Roger Tooth……
A reader was incensed recently by our failure correctly to distinguish bulls from steers in an online gallery of photographs from the Pamplona festival. “The problem is you have people reporting about things they know nothing about,” he said…
….For the most part, though, agency captioning is very good, Tooth says. “The fees we pay to the agencies we use reflect the confidence we have in them and the checks and balances in their procedures.”….
Read the article here