October 23, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Fires fan Page One creativity

Fires in California made front pages from the West Coast to Canada.

California layout and photo editors got creative in telling a story made more dramatic by amazing photographs of the fire zones:

  • The Bakersfield Californian topped its nameplate with the headline “California Inferno.”
  • • “Hell on earth,” proclaimed Los Angeles’ Daily News.
  • Los Angeles Times reported “Massive evacuations ordered as onslaught of fires spreads” with a sidebar on the decision to flee, “Fire line divides a dutiful cop and a holdout homeowner.”
  • The Modesto Bee had a dramatic photo of a helicopter dropping water over a hillside.
  • • Monterey’s The Herald went local: “Local firefighters off to battle SoCal blazes.”
  • • The tabloid OC Post in Santa Ana called it “Out of control.”
  • The Orange County Register provided a user’s guide to “Runaway Flames” with maps, weather, traffic and health tips.
  • Tahoe Daily Tribune in South Lake Tahoe said: “South Shore aids SoCal firefighting.”

In Canada, The Hamilton Spectator found “Southern California on Fire.”

The case of Don Siegelman, jailed former governor of Alabama, made headlines in his home state as Congress is about to hear accusations his prosecution was politically motivated. The Birmingham (Ala.) News said, “Imprisoned Siegelman gets day on Capitol Hill,” while The Decatur (Ala.) Daily said: “Ex-Siegelman lawyer to testify.”

As breast-cancer awareness month nears its end, The Miami Herald went pink on Page One. The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle reported on a startling trend, “More women fight cancer by removing both breasts.”

Hangman’s nooses are in the news again, as Bridgeport’s Connecticut Post has a photo of a controversial Halloween display in Stratford: “Racial implications stop ‘hanging man.’ ”

Patty Rhule is a project editor at the Newseum.

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