May 14, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Iraq, Iran and other international news made headlines across the United States today.

“Al-Qaida claims it captured soldiers,” The Arizona Republic said about three U.S. soldiers missing in Iraq since a weekend ambush. The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch also led with the story, noting the “group takes credit for hit; search intensifies.” The word “scour” appeared in many headlines as newspapers, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, focused on the search.

The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash., paired the Iraq story with news that U.S. and Iranian officials will meet soon about stabilizing Iraq. “U.S. and Tehran plan to discuss security in Iraq,” The Star-Ledger of Newark said about the adversaries. 

The New York Times published at the top of its page a photo of the body of a Taliban leader killed in Afghanistan. The body of Mullah Dadullah was draped in pink sheets, as photographers were shown taking pictures. The Washington Post noted the display of the body in its Page One story about the “face of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan” but didn’t publish the photo.

It was local news that filled The Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wis. The editor explained in a column that “local news -- our bread and butter -- … now is in the front of the paper.” The page was local except for a reference to an inside-the-paper story about Florida wildfires. Its national and world report has been moved to the paper’s third section.

Detroit newspapers focused on the late-breaking news that a private equity firm had been chosen by DaimlerChrysler to buy Chrysler. “Deal may be announced today,” the Free Press said. The Detroit News devoted three-quarters of its page to the news, including “What we know” about the deal and the players.

In health news, the Los Angeles Times reported the results of a compilation of scientific reports: “Common chemicals linked to breast cancer.”

Today’s design: Newspapers noted higher stamp prices, but The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune had the story licked. “Stamp prices are going up, but you have a new option,” it said about the “forever” stamp in the only full story on the front.

The naked truth: The Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Wash., reported that nudist groups are offering discounts to attract younger patrons. “Nudist groups tired of being rebuffed by younger crowd,” it said. A G-rated photo accompanied the story.

Kate Kennedy, a former newspaper Page One editor, is director/diversity programs.

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