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Kim Jong Il: Why the North Korean leader’s obituary was below the fold in an earlier edition of the Post

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il smiles as he inspects the Sinam cooperative farm in North Korea. (REUTERS/Korea News Service/Files)

This morning, some Twitter users wondered why news of Kim Jong Il death didn’t appear more prominently.

Dear #washingtonpost: how is Kim Jong Il’s death a story BELOW the fold? But vaclav havel’s is above? Major lapse in News judgment?

— Jeannie B. (@jb3wishes) December 19, 2011

Kim Jong Il below the fold. Vaclav Havel on the fold. Space is tight in the @washingtonpost the day after a #Redskins game.

— Dennis Loney (@deelowknee) December 19, 2011

We asked Tim Curran, editor of the Post’s Sunday edition, who was running the paper. Here’s what he had to say:

A: From Tim Curran, Sunday editor:

We basically made a decision to rush the obit into the regional edition of the paper so we could get the news in as many papers as possible, and then worked to craft the best and most polished package we could put together for the next edition.

Late Sunday evenings are always complicated by a small staff that makes the already complicated process of turning the ship around, tearing up the page and getting a news story and all the display type a bit challenging. But I was quite proud of the early and late editions.

Do you have a question for Post editors? Leave it in the comments of this blog or submit it on Twitter using the hash tag #askthepost.


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