June 28, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Eagle, floods, fires dominate news

Tony Blair left his job as British prime minister and the war in Iraq that cost him his job raged on, but nature news dominated front pages Thursday.

The good news of the return of the bald eagle from near-extinction was trumpeted across front pages from Alabama to Virginia, where The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, beakily — er, cheekily — asked, “Why is this bird smiling?” Minneapolis’ Star-Tribune had a photo and a graphic to set off the story of “A national symbol, saved.”

A respite for firefighters battling brushfires in South Lake Tahoe was cheered by the Tahoe Daily Tribune, “Light shines on the South Shore” but the Ventura County Star wasn’t convinced: “Troubles not over with fire in Tahoe.” San Francisco Chronicle editors helpfully offered a map showing the range of the fire.

Flooding in Texas dominated front pages in the south and southwest, with the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram offering a dramatic shot of rooftops barely above floodwaters.

After a Utah boy was killed by a black bear, editors of The Salt Lake Tribune offered a front-page tip sheet with graphics on “Bearproof sense.”

Off the nature beat, great minds thought alike in the newsrooms of The New York Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, both of which featured goodbye/hello photo pairings of Britain’s outgoing and incoming prime ministers.

And the death of designer Liz Claiborne made front pages from The Times of Munster, Ind., to The New York Times for her efforts to help working women look chic on the job.

Patty Rhule is a project editor at the Newseum.

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