May 15, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Newspapers fill up on news of record-high gas prices

With no big national story, regional trends emerged on the front page.

“Anger, no impact” was the story in the Midwest, where news of record-high gas prices topped the page. “Investigations and boycotts common, but usually futile,” The Cincinnati Enquirer said. The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, did a spot check of prices and illustrated the results, and the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald charted rising prices along its nameplate.

Newspapers in the Pacific Northwest featured a “Vacation on the rocks,” as the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News called it. A cruise ship ran aground near Juneau, Alaska. “206 people ‘surprisingly calm’ as other boats came to their aid,” The Seattle Times said. The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., led with the story, saying: “Ship has run aground at least twice before in Washington.”

Newspapers in communities with military ties reported that the plug had been pulled on troops’ access to popular online sites. “No space for MySpace on military bandwidth,” FLORIDA TODAY in Melbourne said. The Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald printed a soldier’s image from YouTube with a reference to the story.

Eight state attorneys general want data on registered sex offenders who use the Internet, making news in those states. “MySpace asked to name sex offenders,” The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., said in its top story.

Other newspapers used numbers to tell stories:

  • The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post updated readers on Florida wildfires with a map, chart and by-the-numbers graph.
  • The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City reported “Three developments that could help or hurt your budget crunch.”
  • • The San Francisco Chronicle displayed stats showing Barry Bonds is “Hammering toward Hank” Aaron’s home-run record.

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy

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