How Arizona newspapers handled Giffords shooting then and now

The January 8, 2011, shooting of Gabrielle Giffords at a constituent event in Tucson, Ariz., captured the nation’s attention and appeared on the country’s front pages the following day. Sunday was the one-year anniversary of the shooting. Here’s how Arizona’s newspapers handled the news then and now. || Related: A year later, false reports of Rep. Giffords death still reverberate for the press (Poynter)

Two Arizona papers covered the shooting and its aftereffects throughout the year. Both The Arizona Republic (left) and the Arizona Daily Star (right) featured the story on its Monday front pages, as well as its Sunday front pages honoring the one-year anniversary of the tragedy. Both images appear courtesy of the Newseum.
The Phoenix-based Arizona Republic devoted its front page to the shooting in 2011 (left) and to the shooting’s effects in 2012 (right). Both images appear courtesy of the Newseum.
Based in Tucson, where the shootings occurred, the Arizona Daily Star used photos to remember the 6 who died and those still healing.
Based in Tucson, where the shootings occurred, the Arizona Daily Star used photos in 2012 (right) to remember the six who died and those still healing. Both images appear courtesy of the Newseum.

Two other Arizona papers treated the shooting prominently in both 2011 and 2012, while two papers that covered the shooting in 2011 made no mention of the anniversary or Giffords’ recovery on its 2012 anniversary front page.

The Casa Grande Dispatch covered the shooting in 2011 (left); for the one-year anniversary, there was a top-right photo tease to a story about Giffords’ political future. Both images appear courtesy of the Newseum.
The Daily Miner had front page stories about Giffords in 2011 (left) and about the anniversary in 2012 (right). Both images appear courtesy of the Newseum.
Though The Daily Courier devoted much of its front page to the shooting in 2011 (left), it contained no coverage of the one-year anniversary (right). It did, however, feature stories both days about U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, who now represents the paper’s home district. The Jan. 9, 2012, front page had a photo of Giffords and husband Mark Kelly from Sunday’s service with a tease to a story inside the paper. Both images appear courtesy of the Newseum.
The Yuma Sun dedicated about half of its front page to the shooting in 2011 (left) but made no mention of it on Jan. 8, 2012 (right) or Jan. 9, 2012. Both images appear courtesy of the Newseum.

Related Posts

No related posts.

We have made it easy to comment on posts, however we require civility and encourage full names to that end (first initial, last name is OK). Please read our guidelines here before commenting.

  • http://www.poynter.org Poynter

    Good question. I included the papers on the Newseum website, but would be happy to add others. If you can point me to the Tucson Weekly front pages from 2011 and 2012, I’ll add them. –Julie

  • http://www.poynter.org Poynter

    Good question. I included the papers on the Newseum website, but would be happy to add others. If you can point me to the Tucson Weekly front pages from 2011 and 2012, I’ll add them. –Julie

  • Jimmy Boegle

    Hey, Julie. Alternative newsweeklies are newspapers, too. What gives? How can you include the Kingman paper, yet not the Tucson Weekly?