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32 minutes ago, thevelourfog said:

Are pictures to accompany articles somehow automatically added based on tagging or metadata or something? Struggling with the idea of a human being being this stupid (although lots unfortunately are).

Bob will know best, but my understanding is that a news room will have a picture editor to select pictures rather than them being chosen by the journalist or the sub-editor specialising in say football. 
On the one hand it is a big mistake, especially for reports in UK and especially France where Edouard played and the other two have been national team members.  On the other hand it seems to have happened in one or two online sites in each country out of I guess dozens.

And this is not the malicious kind of picture editing that was used against Ashley Cole.

When it comes to media:
nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people the newsroom
 

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1 hour ago, thevelourfog said:

Are pictures to accompany articles somehow automatically added based on tagging or metadata or something? Struggling with the idea of a human being being this stupid (although lots unfortunately are).

I seem to remember one of our refs embarrassing himself by mixing up two black players who both happened to be wearing a red shirt. 

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17 minutes ago, Ham said:

Jesus it's not even close!

I think Edouard is right - a lot of people don't recognise black faces easily.  
Take away the shirts and they are pretty similar to me (and the second and third are actually cousins).

Are they the actual photos used?
 

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Ham   
35 minutes ago, Droy was my hero said:

I think Edouard is right - a lot of people don't recognise black faces easily.  
Take away the shirts and they are pretty similar to me (and the second and third are actually cousins).

Are they the actual photos used?
 

No I've gone with their official club photos.

I'd agree that sometimes people have difficulty, There is no getting away from the fact that Stormzy has a very similar face and build to Lukaku but I don't think these three are similar at all. Certainly Benjamin doesn't look anything like the two cousins who have very different hairstyles for a start.

Incidentally, Edouard's cousin actually looks a lot like Carlton Cole. 

 

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paulw66   
1 hour ago, Droy was my hero said:

I think Edouard is right - a lot of people don't recognise black faces easily.  
Take away the shirts and they are pretty similar to me (and the second and third are actually cousins).

Are they the actual photos used?
 

Ok, but why would do that?

If you were tasked with selecting a photo of Mendy who plays for Man City, and Mendy who plays for Chelsea, even if you had never seen a photo of either, and even if they were twins, the shirt is an effing give away! 

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9 minutes ago, paulw66 said:

Ok, but why would do that?

If you were tasked with selecting a photo of Mendy who plays for Man City, and Mendy who plays for Chelsea, even if you had never seen a photo of either, and even if they were twins, the shirt is an effing give away! 

Too sensible Pw..... but remember to all real football fans club shirts in whatever the current form are instantly identified... not so for "outsiders"....I have basically more idea of NFL "suit ups" than MSL kits...the first spotty the second non existent!

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48 minutes ago, paulw66 said:

Ok, but why would do that?

If you were tasked with selecting a photo of Mendy who plays for Man City, and Mendy who plays for Chelsea, even if you had never seen a photo of either, and even if they were twins, the shirt is an effing give away! 

Well to be fair, the Photo editor is tasked with getting a photo that looks interesting not a club mug shot.  indeed a club mug shot would probably be avoided.
I'm not saying they didn't screw up.  Just that 95% of them didn't and this is a few errors.  You and I know that the sporting press is capable of much bigger errors than this.

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3 hours ago, thevelourfog said:

Are pictures to accompany articles somehow automatically added based on tagging or metadata or something? Struggling with the idea of a human being being this stupid (although lots unfortunately are).

Time was when all newspapers had paid staff like picture editors, sub editors (so called not because they are below the editor, but as an abbreviation of submissions editor) and such like. These days on small regionals or local papers you'll be lucky if there's an unpaid intern doing the job of five people. Same goes for many on-line blogs or even on-line content of major newspapers (Daily Mail print edition is a very different beast to the on-line edition, though with the recent reshuffle at the top, that may change)

Big national papers still have such staff of course, but they're getting rarer. The job of a picture editor is to chose the "lead photo" - in other words the main picture on the front page. They will also chose the pictures taken by staff photographers (again, a rare breed these days) and those commissioned by the picture desk (for example, a photographer will be commissioned to shoot an actor just before, during or just after being interviewed by that paper's reporter). The picture desk will also gather photos from the archives and/or agencies to illustrate stories that are being run. On bigger newspapers, there will be people on the picture desk who have a deep knowledge of politics, or business, or sports, so using the picture of the wrong person are rare.

On on-line content I suspect the unpaid interns "employed" to collate stories use very basic searching such as just typing in the word "Mendy" in Google. The images wouldn't just automatically be added to the copy... someone would have to search for the images, choose the one they thought looked good (and the position of the copy would dictate the shape of the accompanying photo to be used) and then copy & paste.

Press photographers add IPTC* Metadata to pictures (done when "culling" in programs such as Photo Mechanic, Adobe Bridge, etc.) which contain fields that include headline, caption, subject, keywords, location, etc.  A trained journalist working in the picture desk (often a photographer themself) would know how to search this information properly.

If - and it really IS a big if - the photographer had got the names of Bejamin Mendy and Edouard Mendy mixed up in the original metadata, those paid people working the desk would be able to tell the difference between a Man City outfield player and a Chelsea goalkeeper! Something unpaid interns weren't able to do.



* IPTC stands for International Press Telecommunications Council

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On 16/11/2021 at 8:24 PM, Holymoly said:

Call me an old fogey that is totally out of touch but can someone explain to me why the names "Kevin" and "Steve" are deemed "deeply offensive" racist slurs in relation to the Yorkshire CCC affair? Does this mean that us calling our captain "Dave" makes all of us racists too?

Was the cricket guy on the plane with the West Ham fans?

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