May 15, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Look closely, news isn’t all that’s on the front page

Editors don’t just use the front page to report the day’s most important news, they also use it to promote their product. Mottos, advertising slogans and mission statements all can be found tucked around a newspaper nameplate. The New York Times’ motto, “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” is perhaps the most well-known. Still, the Detroit Free Press’ “ON GUARD FOR 177 YEARS” is no less forthright.

Some editors use the space to declare their paper’s dominance. The Clarion-Ledger is “Mississippi’s No. 1 information source,” while Montana’s Billings Gazette is simply “The Source.” Others focus on their ties to the community. In Vermont, The Burlington Free Press is “A Local Custom.”

A handful of the taglines simply can’t be categorized. Minneapolis’ Star Tribune provides readers with a nugget of information that changes daily, whereas The Indianapolis Star sticks with an old faithful — a quote from the Bible.

Above an image of a fluttering American flag, the New Hampshire Union Leader in Manchester tells us: “There is nothing so powerful as truth.” ‘Nuff said.

Bridget Gutierrez is an exhibits writer for the Newseum.

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