May 25, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

As Memorial Day nears, news about war, overwhelming memories

Congress approved funding for the war in Iraq, but newspapers indicated the story was far from over.

Congress approved funding for the war in Iraq, but newspapers indicated the story was far from over.

 “Battle shifts as Bush gets war funding,” said The Philadelphia Inquirer, noting that “more tough clashes on Hill and in Iraq” are ahead. “Bush wins the battle over timeline, but fight ‘will go on,’” TheRegister-Guard in Eugene, Ore., said.

The Blade in Toledo printed highlights of a busy news day on Capitol Hill. The Los Angeles Times led with President Bush’s comments during a Rose Garden news conference: “Bush opens door to troop withdrawal.” The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette noted: “Minimum wage increase passes with Iraq funds bill.”

“Soldier data since 1607 available to kin online,” The Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported. The editor of The Gazette in Colorado Springs searched the newly available U.S. war records on and wrote about a distant ancestor who served in the Union Army.

“Lean to the left? It may be mommy’s fault,” the Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal said in its lead headline. A University of New Mexico study found that those who experienced stress in childhood were more likely to have liberal political views, the paper reported.

Dominant images: In some newspapers, a single image carried the day:

  • • A WW II veteran “Overwhelmed by memories” was pictured in The Hartford (Conn.) Courant.
  • The State in Columbia, S.C., featured a kiss and a farewell for a National Guardsman.
  • • In Cleveland, The Plain Dealer showed a “Bitter finish, again” by the Cavaliers.

Does it measure up today? Excelsior of Mexico City was a top winner in the Society for News Design’s Best of Newspaper Design contest. Is it among the world’s best-designed newspapers today? You decide. Kate Kennedy, a former newspaper Page One editor, is director/diversity programs.

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