Today's Front Pages Analysis
Front pages address giving thanks and giving back
Although many editors included a front-page story about the link between working late nights and cancer ("It may really be graveyard shift" said The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,) no one story captured front pages across the country. So, on this last day of November, the month of Thanksgiving, we thought we would focus on stories of giving: giving back and giving thanks.
Giving clothes — and fashionable ones, too — to underprivileged children is the goal of Scroll and Fan, "A Stealthy Charity" according to the Greeley (Colo.) Tribune. They are "Giving something back" in Kokomo, Ind., too. The local Kokomo Tribuneem had a story about the local Goodfellows organization that is also collecting clothes for kids.
The State Journal Register in Springfield, Ill., included a prominent front-page photo of volunteers filling care packages for troops as part of Operation Christmas Spirit. "Lasting Gratitude" was The Indianapolis Star's front-page headline about American World War II veterans receiving recognition from France. The Sun Journal in Lewiston, Maine told the story of a local woman who creates quilts for injured U.S. soldiers.
In Pittsburg, Kan., the Morning Sun reported on a ceremony remembering troops and deceased loved ones by dedicating Christmas trees in the local mall. The Daily Press in Hampton Roads, Va., told of giving back "To those who've lost so much." The Snowball Express, an organization that gives trips to Disneyland to soldier's widows and children, made a stop in Norfolk, Va., to pick up a family there.
The Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y., reminded us that we can help the needy all over the world by telling the story of a missionary (who was ordained in Syracuse) who is helping AIDS patients in Thailand. University of Mary Washington students are helping solve the world's problems by finding solutions to indoor air pollution problems created by cooking indoors without proper ventilation through an organization called Students Helping Honduras, according to The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va.
Yet, the world could always use some more help. The Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post was trying to remind people to give back. They ran the story of a Hannibal meal site for the aging that will have to shut its doors if it doesn't get donations.
Emily Hedges is an assistant editor at the Newseum.