‘Dark Night’: Front pages mourn for victims of Colorado theater shooting

Around the world, newspaper front pages on Saturday captured the horror of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado that killed 12 people and injured dozens more. On Sunday, many newspaper front pages focused instead on the upcoming Olympics or other local news. In Colorado, New York and Slovenia, the front pages featured victims and mourners.

Tom Sullivan, center, embraces family members outside Gateway High School as he searches frantically for his son Alex Sullivan, who celebrated his 27th birthday by going to see “The Dark Knight Rises,” where a gunman opened fire Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo. AP Photojournalist Barry Gutierrez, who captured this image, told Wired magazine, “He was screaming at the top his lungs, ‘Have you seen my son?’ It was so gut-wrenching, it rocked me right to my bones. I couldn’t imagine what he was going through.”

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New Saturday: Cartoonists react to shooting (Washington Post) | Thousands share graphic artist’s tribute to victims (Denver Post) | Photojournalists balance emotion with reporting (Wired) | “I’m not sure there is an easy link between movies and gun violence. I think the link is between the violence and the publicity.” (Roger Ebert) | Editorial: “If it weren’t part of our job as journalists, we would hesitate even to mention his name and thereby ratify his intentions.” (Denver Post)

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Saturday front pages

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The Denver Post published an editorial Friday that said, killer James Holmes “clearly planned the massacre in such a way as to evoke the maximum amount of publicity … If it weren’t part of our job as journalists, we would hesitate even to mention his name and thereby ratify his intentions.” (Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum.)
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Aurora, Colorado is about 20 miles from Columbine, where two students killed 13 people at their high school.(Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum.)
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Hockey player mourns the loss of his girlfriend, sports journalist Jessica Ghawi, in the shooting. (Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum.)
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Sunday front pages


Sunday’s front pages featured local news, often related to the Olympics, which begin in London later this week. But a few featured the aftermath of Friday’s mass killing in Colorado.

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Delo is published in Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum.)
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  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.easterland Andrew Easterland

    It’s sickening to see how newspapers feast on such a tragedy. It just adds to the national glorification of violence.

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