White House, press photogs agree on new plan

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Washington Post reports today that the White House has struck an agreement with photojournalists on a plan to replace staged photo re-enactments after major presidential addresses.

The presidential press office and the White House Correspondents’ Association agreed last week, the Post said, that a single news photographer would be allowed to shoot pictures of the president during his speeches to the nation. The photos would then be shared in a pool arrangement with other news outlets.

The agreement “ends the long-standing but little-known practice of presidents’ posing for news photos after making important announcements,” the Post said. “The images were then passed off in newspapers and on Web sites as photos taken during the speech rather than the re-creations they actually were.”

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