August 24, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Wet and wild; hot and steamy: Weather continues to reign on A1

Violent weather continued to wallop the Midwest, bringing lead headlines and powerful images.

“Fast and furious,” the Chicago Tribune said after storms cut through northern Illinois. “Now it’s time to brace for flooding,” the Daily Herald of suburban Chicago said.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quoted a scientist about the cause of the history-making weather: “Stagnant, destructive weather pattern happens once in 100 years.” In hard-hit southeastern Minnesota, the Winona Daily News devoted most of its page to flood cleanup: “Bush declares disaster area.”

In contrast, it’s hot and dry in the southeastern U.S. In “Hotlanta,” The Journal-Constitution’s front page served as a thermometer, charting the month’s awful temperatures.

In sunny locations, new labeling guidelines for sunscreen got play. “Congress pushes FDA to shed more light on sunscreen labels,” the Houston Chronicle said. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale pictured a 2-year-old being slathered with sunscreen and offered: “Here’s how to protect yourself from the sun.”

“A gloomy forecast for Iraq,” The Kansas City (Mo.) Star said of an analysis of Iraq’s government by U.S. intelligence agencies. The report was a common front-page offering. In a related story, a powerful Republican voice -- Sen. John Warner of Virginia – suggested that it was time to begin pulling troops out of Iraq. The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville featured Warner prominently with summaries of war-related news.

Columbia Journalism Review has said that The New York Times led in reporting on the subprime mortgage collapse. News of a credit crunch is making front pages in community newspapers as foreclosures increase. “The mortgage meltdown,” The Dallas Morning News said atop today’s centerpiece. “Gone are the days of easy money.” The Plain Dealer in Ohio said: “Foreclosures jump outside Cleveland.”

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

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