April 25, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Beyond words: Page One tells stories in photos

Just call the front page image conscious.

Editors used photos and illustrations today to help tell news, sports, economic and health stories.

The Independent in Helena, Mont., captured a reaction to a guilty verdict in a dominant Page One photo. In Nebraska, the (Neb.)World-Herald documented the concern after an eighth-grader apparently was hit by a stray bullet during a soccer game. And The Washington Post pictured a 20-foot-wide hole — a sinkhole on the busy Interstate 70.

An “accidental tourist” was featured on the San Francisco Chronicle. The wayward gray whale was shown in San Francisco Bay, “posing for pictures along the waterfront.”

A dead man — or so his family thought after he went missing in 2003 — was pictured alive on the front of theAlbuquerque (N.M.) Journal. The Detroit News incorporated an old newspaper clipping and current photos with a story about a man who seeks his birth parents 55 years after being abandoned as a baby in a department store.


The Oregonian of Portland inserted a story about the price of rice into a package that contained a photo of a rice bowl, while The Globe and Mail of Toronto had its own view of global food prices.

A sports image made the long jump from the sports section to Page One in The Philadelphia Inquirer, which photographed the Penn Relays. A contender from the U.S. Paralympic team, among those disabled in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is shown on The Denver Post.


While some front pages used news photos, others used photos to illustrate stories. The State in Columbia, S.C., donned a close-up of Kenny Chesney with reverse text appearing in the singer’s cowboy hat. With a nose for news, The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City used photos to illustrate allergy season. And The Forum in Fargo, N.D., used a “Faux News” illustration for a story about U.S. “secret” plans to invade Canada.

Kate Kennedy is front pages editor at the Newseum.

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