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Three fronts from Hong Kong that zoom in instead of out

Like I do most mornings, I combed through front pages from Newseum and early on Wednesday. I expected to see large images with huge crowds on the fronts of many papers, and I did. But I also saw a few images that stood out from the Hong Kong protests because of the way they zoomed in, both conceptually and literally.

The first comes from Die Tageszeitung in Berlin, Germany:


The Sydney Morning Herald in Sydney, Australia, zoomed in, too, for a sight that feels both familiar and different from Ferguson. The two protests are not the same, of course, but there is something about seeing a person standing in defiance surrounded by tear gas that made me think of this iconic Ferguson image from Robert Cohen of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In this image, though, the umbrella gives it a kind of visual geo-stamp.


Finally, the International New York Times leads with an image where we see no people, just the symbol of the protests. I’m still seeing several hashtags on Twitter for the protests, including #OccupyCentral and #HongKong, but whether it lasts as one or not, we’ll probably remember what’s happening there now as the #UmbrellaRevolution. All these front pages show that.

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‘Still a fan?’ Newspapers lead with Ray Rice

Here’s how newspapers around the country told the story of the video TMZ Sports got of Ray Rice knocking out his then fiancée. (On Monday, I shared a quick list of 5 resources for journalists covering domestic violence.)

To me, this video and these front pages bring up a lot of questions, including if news organizations should be showing it over and over and freeze-framing moments of it for the front page? What impact does that have on the victim? A few newspapers just ran with images of Rice, but many included screen shots of Janay Rice getting punched or passed out on the floor. On Monday night, Meredith Clark of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas tweeted in response to this piece from Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark. Meredith Clark said sharing the video isn’t journalism, a point Poynter has asked her to write more about.

I don’t have answers, but if you do, please email me at or tweet them to me. Front pages from Newseum.

From Express in Washington, D.C.:


From RedEye in Chicago, Illinois:


From TBT in St. Petersburg, Florida:


From The Baltimore Sun in Baltimore, Maryland:


From The Daily Times in Salisbury, Maryland:


From the Boston Herald in Boston, Massachusetts:


From the Burlington County Times in Willingboro, New Jersey:


From The Trentonian in Trenton, New Jersey:


From the Daily News in New York City:

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From the New York Post in New York City:


From USA Today, in McLean, Virginia:

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‘Farewell, Joan’: Newspapers lead with tributes to Joan Rivers

The death of comedian Joan Rivers on Thursday made the fronts of several newspapers Friday. Here’s a collection, courtesy Newseum. (There’s also a collection of front pages devoted to news of guilty convictions for Bob and Maureen McDonnell.)

From The San Diego Union-Tribune, in San Diego, California:


From The Calgary Sun, in Calgary, Canada:


From Newsday, in Long Island, New York:


From AM New York, in New York, New York:


From Daily News, in New York, New York:


From Jackson Hole Daily, in Jackson, Wyoming (a somewhat unfortunate layout here):

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Tomato Days, a powwow and a body building competition on front pages after Labor Day

People around the country celebrated Labor Day in their own ways yesterday, from parades to celebrations of cultures to finally cleaning out the garage (that was me.) Here’s a collection of front pages (via Newseum) that shows some of the many ways people spent their Labor Day:

From the Los Angeles Register, the Muscle Beach Labor Day Championships:


From The Pantagraph in Bloomington, Illinois, members of the League of Women Voters went retro and passed out candy to mark the 19th Amendment’s anniversary:


From Metro – New York Edition in New York, New York, the West Indian Day Parade:


In Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the Tahlequah Daily Press featured the Cherokee National Holiday powwow:


Greensburg, Pennsylvania, brought out the marching band for Pittsburgh’s Labor Day Parade. Here’s the front from the Tribune-Review:


There was a bed race for Tomato Days, from the Standard-Examiner in Ogden, Utah:


And finally, here’s a great shot of the reaction you’ll get, politician or not, from kids at a parade if you’re not throwing candy, from The News Leader, in Staunton, Virginia:

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Hawaii braces for hurricanes: ‘Here they come’

Associated Press | Newseum

Hawaii is about to get its first hurricane in more than 20 years, Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Audrey McAvoy reported Thursday for the Associated Press.

Hurricane Iselle was expected to arrive on the Big Island on Thursday evening, bringing heavy rains, winds gusting up to 85 mph and flooding in some areas. Weather officials changed their outlook on the system Wednesday after seeing it get a little stronger, giving it enough oomph to stay a hurricane as it reaches landfall.

Here are Thursday’s front pages from The Honolulu Star-Advertiser in Honolulu and The Garden Island in Lihu’e, courtesy Newseum:



Newseum also has collections of newspaper fronts from past hurricanes. Here’s one from Oct. 29, 2012, from The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey:


Here’s the front from The Virginian-Pilot on Aug. 27, 2011:


And from The Times-Picayune on Aug. 30, 2005:


Related: On July 8, Poynter’s Ben Mullin wrote “How New York media outlets adapted after Hurricane Sandy.” Read more


Newspaper sends Newseum a dummy front page by mistake

On Wednesday, the front page of the Hamilton (Ohio) Journal-News was pretty much a skeleton. At least, that’s how it looks on Newseum’s collection of front pages.

“Thankfully, that’s not the case,” Kevin Aldridge, editor of the Journal-News, told Poynter.

Aldridge hadn’t seen Newseum’s version of the front when Poynter called, but here it is.

“Our front page looks normal today,” Aldridge said. “There’s no dummy or no mockup. It came out OK.” Read more


Newseum relents, will display weeklies after protest by editors

Front pages from the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Biloxi Sun Herald are seen on display at the Newseum in Washington for their exhibit on press coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A daylong protest by weekly newspaper editors from around the U.S. against the Newseum’s snubbing of community journalism resulted in the Washington, D.C., museum changing its policy to include weeklies in its Today’s Front Pages exhibit.

For years, the Newseum has featured a daily roundup of front pages, both electronically and along its Pennsylvania Avenue exterior. The electronic archive includes PDFs sent in each day by hundreds of newspapers, both U.S. and international. The ground-floor exhibit, visible to passersby, includes a newspaper from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and a dozen other countries. Read more

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First day of spring? Many newspaper fronts still have snow

Happy spring! Or maybe, happy spring? Signs of the season showed up on the front pages of many of the country’s newspapers on Thursday, followed by question marks, (both actual and implied thanks to the snow.) All fronts courtesy the Newseum.

From the La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune:

The Burlington (Va.) Free Press offered flowers, at least:

The (Waterbury, Conn.) Republican-American isn’t convinced:

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As fewer people read newspapers, more share their front pages

Newspapers are dying. But their front pages aren’t.

At a time when print advertising revenue continues to decline and publications are laying off staff in droves, newspaper covers are increasingly being shared digitally — helped along by the ease of posting on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.

But why? More than anything, these A1s are seen as an encapsulation of a historical event, to be seen and filed away for a distant time when we want to remember how much something mattered in its day.

Sharing a front on Twitter — or saving a digital copy as a PDF — is the modern-day equivalent of cutting out and saving a page from a significant edition, or just a funny New York tabloid front.


“Whatever the newspaper industry is struggling with today, there is a long history of front pages capturing history with a kind of permanence,” said Mark Jurkowitz, associate director of the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project, in a phone interview.

Front pages provide a “sense of permanence in a broadcast culture where things disappear quickly,” he said, mentioning the infamous (in journalism circles) “Dewey Defeats Truman” Chicago Tribune front page.

And, largely, that significance has not faded over time.

When Nelson Mandela’s death was announced on Dec. 5, many journalists used Twitter to share newspaper front pages honoring the former South African leader.

BuzzFeed ran an item chronicling the covers: “Nelson Mandela’s Death, As Told By Newspaper Front Pages.” (Poynter collected them, too, as it often does after major news events.)

Richard Deitsch, a writer/reporter for Sports Illustrated, used Twitter to share Mandela A1s from a variety of national and international publications.

“I still believe in the power a newspaper front page represents, especially for transcendent news such as the death of a world figure,” Deitsch wrote in an email.


Before listing some of his favorite Mandela cover tributes in a post, Rob Alderson, editor-in-chief of the U.K. design analysis site It’s Nice That, referenced the adage that newspapers are the front page of history.

“The nature of the digital world is by definition quite ephemeral,” Alderson said in a follow-up email. “People still look to print media to memorialize events like this, to frame their reactions and, going forward, their memories.”

Furthermore, because of the 24-hour news cycle, front page designers must use headlines and cover designs to make “contextualizing statements about major news events” rather than simply giving the Five W’s about a story, which most people will already know by the time they crack open the paper in the morning, Jurkowitz added.

Writing in Poynter last December, Julie Moos highlighted how many newspapers attempted to do just that following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

To sum up the national mood of despair, some of the most powerful covers opted for massive, one-word-long headlines — “SHATTERED,” “HORRIFIC” and “UNTHINKABLE” were just a few of them.

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But national tragedies are not the only time when front pages are highlighted.

When the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in late October, many news site ran front-page aggregations the next day. featured an item called “Red Sox hit the front pages,” and ran a slideshow of “the front pages for the Boston Red Sox World Series championship win from newspapers in New England and across the country.”

Much of this digital cover-sharing is made possible by the Newseum, which every morning posts front pages from hundreds of newspapers around the U.S. and the world on its website for free. (I took advantage of this service when making my Local People With Their Arms Crossed Tumblr.)

Simply scanning through the pages provides a fascinating glimpse at a cornucopia of cover designs, as well as keen insights into local framing of national and international news stories.

“I find my Twitter followers really appreciate seeing how news is presented in locations away from theirs,” said Deitsch, who has more than 100,000.

The front-page portal is one of the Newseum’s most popular features, its online managing editor Sharon Shahid said. It’s essentially the online version of the A1 page display visible at the brick-and-mortar Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue NW in D.C.

Taking a page from glossy magazine covers, newspaper front pages have become more aesthetically pleasing and interesting over the last 15 years, Shahid said.

She attributes the change in part to a desire to create covers that get people talking, get people reading, and, perhaps most importantly, are worth saving in print or sharing online.

“You do what you have to do to draw readers because they’re not reading print newspapers,” Shahid said in a phone interview. “What do [newspapers] have to lose?”

(Jurkowitz echoed this sentiment. “There’s been a lot of energy in recent years to make front pages look better,” he said.)

That being said, there’s no evidence that share-worthy cover designs generate more interest in print publications, Jurkowitz said.

“I think cover sharing definitely drums up interest in journalism brands, but I imagine that’s ultimately reflected more in the digital arm of the brand more than the print product,” Deitsch added.

In looking at the wide variety of touching tributes to Mandela’s life on newspaper covers throughout the U.S. and abroad, Shahid called it evidence “that newspapers offer something that no one else does.”

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For Veterans Day, some newspapers tell love stories

Newseum | The Washington Post | CJR | Time

Most of the country’s newspapers led the day with images of flags, or veterans, young and old, together and alone, remembering and trying to forget. But a few newspapers told love stories.

The Gainesville Sun fronts a story from the Salisbury (N.C.) Post that’s woven through letters during World War II.

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