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'Purple Reign': Front pages mourn the death of Prince

Newspapers offered front-page tributes to Prince on Friday. Here's the front from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the artist's hometown newspaper:   As with the recent death of David Bowie, front pages devoted to Prince can be found particularly in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Also like Bowie's tributes, a few images repeat themselves. Here's a collection … Read More
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Front page of the day: The Panama Papers

The massive and collaborative effort by journalists at more than 100 news organizations around the world resulted Sunday in the Panama Papers. The investigation from The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed dealings at international tax havens and the public figures who use them. That news made front pages in many parts of the world on Monday. Today's … Read More
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Front pages of the day: Nancy Reagan, 1921-2016

Newspapers around the country led Monday with fronts commemorating former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died on Sunday. Many of the newspapers in this collection devoted much of their pages to the news. They include images from throughout her life. They're of her by herself and with her husband. And they remember her as "a quiet force," "a vital partner," … Read More
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When should newspapers run front-page editorials? 'It should be very, very rare.'

New Jersey's Star-Ledger joined the chorus of newspapers in the state calling for Gov. Chris Christie to resign on Thursday. And with a large, above-the-fold promo, it used the front page to make the case. "We figured that it’s a very dramatic moment," said Tom Moran, the Star-Ledger's editorial page editor, "and we wanted as many people … Read More
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Elephants, Trump and Trump riding an elephant on today's front pages

We're getting closer to that time when images of donkeys and elephants show up more and more in our lives. Today, a few front pages, via Newseum, offered early previews. The most joyful front page you might imagine with both Trump and an elephant is today's Tennessean. Look at that elephant. Pure joy.   The Washington … Read More
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Today's front page headlines: 'Supersized!' 'Super decision,' 'Super important?' 'Sign of the apocalypse'

Voters in 13 states will cast their votes for their Republican and Democratic presidential choices on Tuesday. (NPR has a good explainer on states voting for a Democratic candidate, states voting for a Republican candidate and states voting for both.) As you might guess, this is front page news in a lot of places, including Washington, … Read More
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How The Birmingham News broke and told the story of Harper Lee's death

Since coming to AL.com and The Birmingham News about a year ago, statewide investigative reporter Connor Sheets hadn't written any obituaries. Until Friday. At close to 8:30 a.m., Sheets got texts from two sources who'd heard a rumor — Harper Lee had died. The paper had two obituaries waiting, one short and one long. He started … Read More
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Front pages tip a hat to Einstein today

Headlines that accompany news of the detection of gravitational waves read like this: "Einstein Was Right: Gravity Ripples Across the Universe as Waves," "Einstein's right again: Scientists detect ripples in gravity," and "Einstein was right: Gravity and government are powerful." Here's a collection of front pages that led with the guy who predicted this … Read More
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Why The Cincinnati Enquirer led today's front with a 6-line memo

Tuesday's front page from The Cincinnati Enquirer leads with a memo. And that memo is at the heart of a special report by the Enquirer's Dan Horn and Sharon Coolidge into Cincinnati's Metropolitan Sewer District. Here's how the story begins: The Metropolitan Sewer District spent as much as $680 million in public money during the past decade with little … Read More
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Another Canadian paper went -30- today

I wrote about the final print edition of Canada's Guelph Mercury on Friday morning and the fitting front the paper offered the community. Had I scrolled Newseum's collection down a bit further, I would have noticed another Canadian paper ran a final edition with a -30- on Friday. Thanks to a commenter on Russ Kendall's "What's Your Plan … Read More
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149-year-old Canadian newspaper's final front page is pretty much perfect

Today's front page of the day comes from Canada's Guelph Mercury, which published a print edition for the last time on Friday. The 149-year-old paper's final front led with -30-, which the newspaper explained was a print tradition. "The tradition faded as computers replaced typewriters in newsrooms. But, for anyone who cares about journalism, -30- will always mean 'the end.'" … Read More
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On the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, front pages look back

Thirty years ago today, many of us watched on our televisions a space shuttle launch that ended in an explosion. You can look back at some coverage from from the time and at what's happened since. Last year, I spoke with photojournalist Red Huber, who was there on assignment that day for the Orlando … Read More