July 18, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

A summer’s day at beach … it’s all good news

It’s a Friday in July. Time to go to the beach.

“Summer in R.I.,” The Providence Journal declared in a package that included a photo of the first trip to the beach by 15-month-old twins Amelia and Jocelyn.

Boats powered the Press-Telegram of Long Beach, Calif., illustrating a list of weekend activities. And speaking of things to do, the Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., put a little zip into its coverage with a photo and story about a new zip line and ropes course in one of its communities.

From South Carolina, “A side of rain” came with the Beaufort Water Festival, The Beaufort Gazette noted. The nearby Bluffton Today called the 53rd annual event “Waterfront dreamin’.”

Some rain also is in the forecast on the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, which might be why the newspaper was thinking indoor activities. It incorporated a flash of the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight,” into its nameplate.

The Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal offered a different kind of forecast: “State’s financial forecast: bad and worse.”

Food made top headlines in The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, as the FDA lifted its warning about tomatoes and the newspaper recounted fishermen’s “agony at sea after eating tainted grouper.”

In New Jersey, the Asbury Park Press reported that a borough was shutting down some of its government offices on Fridays to save money — more time for the shore.

Men of peace … Editor Ray Hartley of The Times of Johannesburg, South Africa, calls today’s front page “one of the easiest front-page decisions we have ever made.” The Times used a full-page picture of Nelson Mandela to mark the 90th birthday of the Nobel Peace Prize winner. Hartley said in a blog that the photo of Mandela was the largest picture the national newspaper had ever used.

Pope Benedict XVI is in Australia for World Youth Day. “Shining His Light,” The Sydney Morning Herald said in a “Super Souvenir” front page. The Age of Melbourne highlighted the pope’s message to Australia: “‘Life is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful.’” Amen.

Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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