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Front page of the day: From China…

Today’s front page of the day comes from The Epoch Times: Chinese Edition in San Francisco, California. The newspaper led with the deadly explosion in Tianjin, China. The BBC’s latest report counted 50 dead, 36 missing and more than 700 injuries.

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China also made a few other front pages on Thursday, but not because of the explosion. Here’s the L.A. Times with concerns over China’s currency:

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And the Chicago Sun Times led Thursday with news of a Chinese “Bean rip-off”:

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Front page of the day: Sometimes it’s all about the headline(s)

Today’s front page of the day comes from the Daily News in New York, which led with the strange tale of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith and his broken jaw.

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As you can see from the collection below, headline writers had fun with this one. Often these kind of stories lead to the same headline over and over. That did not happen today. It may have been like shooting fish in a barrel for the tabloid pros, but at least they each chose a different fish. Here’s the roundup, via Newseum:

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Front page of the day: It’s really hot in Mississippi

Here’s today’s front page of the day, from The (Jackson, Mississippi) Clarion-Ledger, (via Newseum): Read more

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s front page on Ferguson, 1 year later

Here’s the front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death and on the day after Brown’s death one year ago (via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch):

While #Ferguson lit up the Internet on August 9, 2014 and beyond, it took awhile for the story to make front pages around the rest of the country. This front is from Monday, August 11, 2014.

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By August 15, 2014, the story went international:

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This image comes from inside the newsroom at the Post-Dispatch on August 20, 2014.

Front pages from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in August of last year. (Photo by Kristen Hare/Poynter)

Front pages from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in August of last year. (Photo by Kristen Hare/Poynter)


 
While the story stayed in the news in St. Read more

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Front page of the day: Goodbye Jon Stewart…

Chicago’s RedEye led Thursday with a farewell to Jon Stewart, who, if you hadn’t heard, will host his last episode of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” tonight.

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Poynter’s Ben Mullin asked journalists on the media beat for their assessment of Stewart’s run. This is from CNN’s Brian Stelter:

Photo illustration by Gurman Bhatia. Original photo via AP Images.

Photo illustration by Gurman Bhatia. Original photo via AP Images.

You can also find some of our favorite Jon Stewart moments here. Tributes and look-backs and critiques abound this week. Slate’s “The Most Jon Stewart Moments in the History of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” is a good one. Quartz shared “Jon Stewart’s seven most serious moments on ‘The Daily Show.’” And in February, the late David Carr spoke with CBS about Stewart’s impact. Read more

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Front page of the day: And then there were 10 (for the debate at least)

Today’s front page of the day comes via Newseum from The Bakersfield Californian, which led Wednesday with the 10 GOP presidential hopefuls who made it into the Thursday Fox News debate.

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Thursday’s debate made the front page in other cities around the country, too. Here’s a sampling:

The (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) Advocate went with bobble heads:
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The Austin (Texas) American-Statesman has a pyramid of power:
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The Dallas (Texas) Morning News showed the 10 who made it into the debate and the seven who did not:
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And USA TODAY shows us “the 10 who are in:”
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Today’s front page of the day: ‘Justicia’

Tuesday’s front page of the day comes from Chicago’s Hoy, which led with calls for a transparent investigation into the death of Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa. Espinosa was found murdered along with four other people.

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The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that Espinosa was found murdered in Mexico City on Friday after leaving Veracruz.

Veracruz is one of the most dangerous states for the press in Mexico, according to CPJ research. Four journalists have been killed in Veracruz in direct relation to their work since 2011, according to CPJ research. Seven other journalists were killed in unclear circumstances and at least three journalists have disappeared in the state in the same time period.

For the Christian Science Monitor, Whitney Eulich wrote about Espinosa’s murder and the dangers facing Mexican journalists. Read more

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Front page of the day: It’s Sasquatch!

Today’s front page of the day actually comes from Sunday, when most newspapers offer pretty great front pages. Merry Eccles designed this front for The (Staunton, Virginia) News Leader, which led with the hunt for Sasquatch.

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“We’re in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, and we have national forests, several of them surrounding us,” said William Ramsey, news director at the News Leader. And photojournalist Mike Tripp is interested in groups that have less traditional outdoor pursuits. So when he learned about a group called the East Coast Bigfoot Research Organization, he took writer Laura Peters along to find out more.

“We’ve had some fairly serious hard news Sunday covers lately,” Ramsey said, “and we like to have fun every now and then, so they went out on a couple of hunts.”

They approached the story, images and videos straight, he said, and thinks the audience gets it and brings an open mind to stories like this one. Read more

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Front page of the day: Malaysia’s The Star and MH370

We’re testing out some new places for this daily feature, which you can find in Jim Warren’s morning newsletter and on Poynter’s Front Page of the Day Tumblr. Today, and for a while, you can also find it here. When possible, I’ll check in with the newspaper and the designers to see what went into making the front.

Here’s today’s pick, via Newseum, from The Star in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Star led with news that we’ll soon know more on the wreckage found at Reunion Island. Many think the found piece came from MH370, which went missing in March of last year. The Star also included an update on the investigation of MH17, which was shot down near the Russian border last July. Read more

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Commentary: Front pages still matter

Part of my morning routine is to look for front pages. I check Newseum. I check Kiosko. I check the Twitter and Facebook feeds of places where news is happening, such as Kenya on Friday.

Newspapers have had a tough time for awhile now, but when something big happens, we still share their front pages digitally. I saw them everywhere after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson almost one year ago, after the murders at Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January and after the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling last month. The (Charleston, South Carolina) Post and Courier’s Sunday front page after nine people were murdered was so powerful. So is the art that the (Fitchburg, Massachusetts) Sentinel and Enterprise has published since an artist took over its front page for 26 days. Read more

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