August 31, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Seasonal favorites: Summer’s last days, fall’s big games

Thoughts of a three-day weekend snuck onto today’s front page.

From Oregon to Ocala, Fla., front pages offered information and advice on what The Times Reporter in Dover-New Philadelphia, Ohio, called summer’s final fling. “Burners, barbecuers make a sizzling holiday,” the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal said.

“Plenty to sweat about on Labor Day weekend,” said the Los Angeles Times, which mixed the misery of a heat wave with holiday traffic woes. The San Francisco Chronicle illustrated the anticipated good and bad of weekend driving.

As we celebrate our labors, The New York Times reported on IBM’s flexible, employee-managed vacation policy. Sound like a worker’s dream? A hint from the Times’ headline: “At I.B.M, a vacation anytime, or maybe no vacation at all.”

The Savannah (Ga.) Morning News capitalized on another worker’s dream, $330 million: “Mega Millions drawing lures big dreamers.” “Would you give your lottery millions away?” the Seattle Post-Intelligencer asked in a nicely written story. It pictured a couple who have given millions of their lottery winnings to charity.

Another money story made headlines. “Help on way in mortgage crisis,” The Arizona Republic said about a government response to housing and credit problems caused by subprime adjustable-rate mortgages. “Bush makes a house call,” The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee said. The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported on the reason for the action: “‘Scary’ housing market tumbles.”

It’s back … Page One tackled football of all sorts. The Kansas City (Mo.) Star pictured cheering high school players: “A new season for an old ritual.” The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star promoted the Nebraska vs. Nevada college game.

Today’s design: The Orange County (Calif.) Register put a new slant on how to cover the demolition of a local landmark.

Kate Kennedy is front pages editor at the Newseum.

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