Kristen Hare


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Front pages from Hurricane Katrina, then and now

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. On August 30, newspapers around the country led with the devastating storm. You can see a collection of fronts from around the world in Newseum’s archives starting August 30 and running to September 4. Here are front pages from three newspapers on August 30, 2005 and August 30, 2015. You can slide between the two to see the stories then and now.

The Times-Picayune:

Sun Herald:

Montgomery Advertiser:

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Front pages from Hurricane Katrina’s 10th anniversary

Saturday marked 10 years since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. Here’s a collection of front pages from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and a few other places that marked the anniversary on Saturday. You can also find a collection of news coverage of the anniversary from Carlie Kollath Wells at | The Times-Picayune here. Via Newseum:














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This week on Medium: Mag covers used to have more clothes, less words

Happy Friday and happy weekend reading. Here’s our weekly roundup of things we read about journalism and the media this week on Medium. Thanks to Gurman Bhatia and Katie Hawkins-Gaar for helping curate.

The Evolution of Magazine Covers

Karen X. Cheng and Jerry Gabra offer a fascinating look at how magazines have changed (or not changed, New Yorker,) over time.

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They write:

Together, these magazine covers reveal a peek into our history. Sure, we’ve gotten more sexualized. More superficial. We read less. We have shorter attention spans.

But we’ve also gotten more open-minded. At each step along the way, society has pushed the limits of what’s considered acceptable.

When tragedy hits home #WeStandWithWDBJ

Tauhid Chappell writes about previously interning at WDBJ. Read more

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The Washington Post’s homepage redesign was inspired by print

On Wednesday, The Washington Post unveiled the last piece in a site-wide redesign – the homepage.

“The new homepage marks a key milestone in the site-wide reboot led by The Post’s engineering and news teams, one that has been driven by the in-house development of a new publishing platform called Arc,” the Post said in a press release.

So what’s different about it now?

“We actually tried not to make it super different,” said Joey Marburger, director of digital products and design.

The homepage is now more modern, he said, easier to scan and more visual. And what you can’t see may be one of the more important changes.

“The term people use a lot is more dynamic,” Marburger said. “Really what that means for us is we can manipulate and change the homepage faster, at the true pace of news.”

The old homepage was rigid and production-heavy. Read more

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Today’s front page of the day: Inside WDBJ

Today’s front page of the day comes from The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia. Like it did on Thursday, the Times devoted the entire front to the murders of local journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward. The lead story takes readers into the newsroom, how people at the station learned of the shootings and what it has been like to carry on after the two were killed on live television. Other stories on the page focus on the shooter, how he got his weapon and how Parker’s father, Andy Parker, is pushing for gun control.

“You look at this, you look at Newtown, you look at the movie theater shooter,” he said. “How many times does this have to happen before we take action as a country and the politicians grow some backbone and stop being lackeys of the NRA?”

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In an interview with The Associated Press, Parker said he was reluctant to do interviews, “but Alison was a journalist, and she was a hell of a journalist, and I’m doing it for her because I think she would want this story told.”

The New York Daily News, which got a lot of criticism on Thursday for its cover, led Friday with an editorial in favor of gun control. Read more

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Front page of the day: Remembering Alison Parker and Adam Ward

This morning, I am not going to show you any front pages with images of someone about to be murdered, taken by the person who did the killing. Those images are out there and you can find them.

Today, I was looking for front pages that taught me something I didn’t know. Many focused on the horror of the murders and how they played out on live TV and social media. But just as many showed a community grieving and told more of the lives and work of Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward.

Today’s front page of the day comes from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which devoted the entire front to the story.


Here’s a small collection of fronts from Virginia on the WDBJ shooting and aftermath, via Newseum. Read more


There was a moment of silence this morning on WDBJ


At 6:45 a.m. on Thursday morning, WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, observed a moment of silence. That was the time on Wednesday when reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former co-worker on live TV. “As we approach that moment we want to pause and reflect and we want to share with you once again what made these two so special…,” anchor Kim McBroom said.

From CBS:

You can find our coverage of this story and thoughts on how to deal with the video and images that have come from it here. Read more


Before today, 8 journalists have been murdered while on assignment, at work or for their work in the U.S. since 1992

The on-air shooting deaths of WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward on Wednesday morning in Virginia marks a total of 10 journalists murdered on the job or for their work in the United States since 1992.

According to Committee to Protect Journalists, six journalists have been murdered in the country while on assignment, at work or for their work since 1992. CPJ doesn’t include Charnice Milton or Kent Heitholt, but we’re including them here.


In May of this year, Charnice Milton, a reporter with Hill Rag, was killed on her way home from work. According to a piece by Sarah Stillman in The New Yorker:

She’d stopped to transfer buses in Anacostia, in Washington, D.C., after covering a neighborhood meeting for a Capitol Hill paper called the Hill Rag.

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Death threats for Italian journalists after covering the funeral of a Mafia boss

The Guardian

Journalists from the online publication and Rai 3, a TV station, have been threatened with death after covering the funeral of Vittorio Casamonica in Rome. Michele Azzu reports for The Guardian that the funeral for the mafia boss was quite elaborate.

The ceremony at San Giovanni Bosco church on 21 August prompted indignation as it featured a gilded carriage driven by six horses, a band playing the music from The Godfather, and rose petals being thrown from a helicopter.

The following day, Alessio Viscardi, an investigative reporter for web newspaper, was in Terzigno, near Naples, looking for the airfield from which the helicopter had taken off. He was approached by four people, who took photographs of his documents.

“The attackers came by car after I’d taken a few shots of the airfield,” said Viscardi.

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L.A. Times op-ed on online corrections: ‘There’s a stunning lack of transparency’

Los Angeles Times

On Tuesday, former Circa Editor-in-Chief Anthony De Rosa wrote about the problems of making post-publication changes, and not noting those changes, in digital journalism. Even if corrections are added, De Rosa wrote, there’s often no substance.

Rarely do corrections or clarifications carry any kind of explanation: how the reporter got the wrong vote count for an important bill; why the editor decided that the penultimate paragraph wasn’t really necessary. There’s a stunning lack of transparency.

De Rosa also offers a few things that would help readers keep up with corrections, including a track changes button and a follow function that would notify readers who’ve signed up for notifications of any changes made.

Last May, Craig Silverman (now BuzzFeed Canada’s editor in chief) led a News University Webinar on corrections called “Online and Social Media Corrections: When, Why and How.”

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Silverman spoke about writing corrections, creating a corrections policy and he included some best practices for social media. Read more

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