Although The Indianapolis Star suddenly made national news Tuesday with its bold front-page stand calling for a fix to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the newspaper had been talking over the decision since Sunday, Star editor Jeff Taylor tells Poynter.
The decision to take over the front page involved several higher-ups at the newspaper, including opinion editor Tim Swarens, publisher Karen Ferguson and Taylor himself. They knew they wanted to make a big statement on an issue that was important for the state and city, he said.
So, they discussed publishing a front-page editorial — and the decision to take over the front page — by phone and email Sunday afternoon. On Monday, they met one final time to confirm their choice.
“It wasn’t a snap decision,” he said. Read more