July 30, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Victory wins sports a spot on Page One

“I always turn to the sports section first,” former U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren once said. “The sports page records people’s accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man’s failures."

But you didn’t need to turn to the sports pages today to find man’s victories.

“For one day, Iraqis unite in triumph,” the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times said, as Iraq celebrated the country’s win in the Asian Cup soccer championship. The Seattle Times called the unity in celebration “a rare gift.” Photos of jubilant Iraqis on the soccer field and in the streets topped The New York Times and appeared in newspapers across Asia and the Middle East. “Divisions melt with Iraqi win,” said The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, Calif.

Cooperstown, N.Y., honored two of baseball’s best, as Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn were inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Observer-Dispatch in nearby Utica, N.Y., photographed a record-setting crowd. “Ripken is still shaping his legacy,” The Sun in Baltimore said about the former Oriole in a front-page column. In San Diego, Gwynn dominated the front page. “‘The Padre way’ to immortality,” The Union-Tribune said.

The soccer and baseball accomplishments were noted by the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, along with news of Alberto Contador’s win in the Tour de France. The Diario de Burgos of Burgos, Spain, pictured the native son on the winner’s podium in Paris.

A photo of a wink and a grin appeared on The Indianapolis Star, which reported Indiana native Tony Stewart won the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in Indianapolis. And it was the “Toast of the Beach” for The Orange County (Calif.) Register, which featured the winner of the U.S. Open of Surfing.

Making news: Earlier this month, the Chicago Tribune announced it would begin publishing advertisements on its front page. Page-One advertising is found on some newspapers, but the Tribune announcement was met with objections from readers and news people. Today’s page includes a 1 ½-inch mattress ad along the bottom.

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy, a former newspaper Page One editor, is director/diversity programs.

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