December 27, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Conn. paper reports Bhutto assassination

The assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto – which broke mid-morning on the East Coast -- got onto the front page of the Manchester, Conn., Journal Inquirer.

But for most U.S. newspapers, which went to press much earlier, editors were looking back on 2007, with divergent takes on auld lang syne.

The Bakersfield Californian stripped photos of 12 people the Kern County community lost in 2007 across the top of its front page under the headline "Those we lost." The Kansas City (Mo.) Star took a similar approach, with family snapshots dominating a front page for "These lives touched so many."

The Salinas Californian's year in review looked at crime statistics and found "Salinas murders reach 14."

For a more uplifting look back, the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald focused on the arts in today's year-end roundup, with a look at the award-winning documentary producers of "Darius Goes West" about a boy with muscular dystrophy's adventure.

The Daily Herald, published in suburban Chicago, trumpeted "Ted Cox's best and worst Web videos of 2007," urging the reader to "Grab your Tasers and turn to page 15 for the list." Don't point that Taser at us, please.

We'll turn inside to see what The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer touts as "WEIRD STORIES/ The Lighter Side of 2007."

In South Carolina, Bluffton Today photographer Stephen Berend aims his lens at the reader to highlight his favorite images of the year.

Editors who pushed San Francisco's killer tiger story inside on Wednesday brought it out front today, with the stunning news, posed by Phoenix's The Arizona Republic: "Was tiger let out to kill?"

The San Francisco Examiner focused on the 17-year-old mauling victim with "Horror of attack devastates family of tiger's victim."

A terrific graphics and story package in the San Jose Mercury News sketched the tiger's lair and how it had to scale an 18-foot wall to attack the teen, asking "How did the tiger escape?"

The Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fla., crowned the late Tatiana "SUPERCAT/ Is it possible tiger leaped over 18-foot wall before killing a teen in San Francisco?"

The Wichita (Kansas) Eagle calmed local residents about the Sedgwick County Zoo with "Tiger exhibit will include extra security."

Finally, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer led with a powerful photo package to illustrate "A Family Tragedy: 6 Dead, 2 Arrested."

Patty Rhule is a project editor at the Newseum.

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