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‘What #@!% blizzard?’ Front pages from the storm that missed New York and hit New England

Newseum’s collection of front pages had a lot of white on Wednesday, at least on the New England pages. In parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the front pages from the day after dodging winter storm Juno seemed a bit disappointed.

The Trentonian, Trenton, New Jersey:

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Staten Island Advance, Staten Island, New York:
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Metro – Philadelphia Edition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Juno did, of course, deliver in New England.

The Day, New London, Connecticut:

Kennebec Journal, Augusta, Maine:

Portland Press Herald, Portland, Maine:

The Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts:
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Images and newspapers from the civil rights movement are now on display at the Newseum

The Newseum

On Friday, the Newseum opened a new exhibit, “1965: Civil Rights at 50.” In the display are newspapers from the time, including this March 8, 1965 edition of the Dallas Morning News.

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That’s civil rights leader John Lewis being beaten by a state trooper, Newseum’s press release reports. The exhibit also includes images from “March,” a graphic novel by Lewis, who is now a Georgia congressman. Here are two more images from the exhibit:

Pennsylvania college students join the 1963 March on Washington, the largest civil rights protest in history. Photo Credit: Flip Schulke Archive

Pennsylvania college students join the 1963 March on Washington, the largest civil rights protest in history. Photo Credit: Flip Schulke Archive

Police and protesters face off over voting rights in Selma, Alabama, May 7, 1965, a day forever known as Bloody Sunday. Photo Credit: Spider Martin

Police and protesters face off over voting rights in Selma, Alabama, May 7, 1965, a day forever known as Bloody Sunday. Photo Credit: Spider Martin

The Newseum also has “Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement.” That exhibit includes a collection of things from Ferguson, Missouri, such as reporters’ notebooks and press passes. Read more

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2 projects collect media and things from the media in Ferguson

Photo by Laura A. Schatzman, St. Louis, August 14, 2014.

Photo by Laura A. Schatzman, St. Louis, August 14, 2014.

For months, the image stayed in her phone. Laura Schatzman didn’t know what to do with it, but she knew it was special — a crowd of hands reaching toward blue sky, framed by St. Louis’ Gateway Arch.

She saw it, got chills, and it stayed in her phone.

Schatzman, a landscape and urban designer, went to a prayer and service event at Central Reform Congregation the night after the grand jury ruled not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Mike Brown. They prayed and made goodie bags for kids at Ferguson’s library, and Schatzman met a professional photographer.

“I’ve had this buried deep for months now,” she told him, “I just don’t know what to do with it,” and she showed him the image she took with her iPhone at an Aug. 14 National Moment of Silence Event at the Arch. The photographer told her to send it to a project through Washington University, and Schatzman did just that.

In mid-August, staff at Washington University Libraries in St. Louis started collecting with a site called Documenting Ferguson, asking people to share their images, videos and stories from events in Ferguson, Missouri after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown.

“That stuff is really fleeting, it can disappear as soon as someone loses their phone,” said Shannon Davis, with Digital Library Services. “Since it was such a social media movement, we want to archive all of that and get the community’s perspective.”

Normally, the group works with special collections, digitizing rare and unique material, Davis said. Documenting Ferguson is the first project they’ve tried that’s happening in real time. Newseum also has a new exhibit of news coverage of Ferguson, set to go up Dec. 19 in its Civil Rights exhibit. It features objects collected from reporters and protesters in Ferguson from August.

Documenting Ferguson has about 500 media files, Davis said, from about 30 contributors. Those files include photos, poems, fliers and some video. Newseum’s exhibit has more than a dozen objects, according to a press release, with things like reporter’s notebooks, a press pass and clothing.

The Newseum’s goal is to help people explore First Amendment freedoms, and what’s happening now in Ferguson, in New York and many other places around the country is a great example of the use of those freedoms, including speech and the press, said Jonathan Thompson, senior manager of media relations at Newseum.

“It’s really the First Amendment in action,” he said.

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With Documenting Ferguson, curators are accepting a number of things and would like to also include things from people who support Darren Wilson, Davis said. That’s a part of the story they’d like to capture. They’re not censoring or editing what they get, she said, and they’re taking people at their word that the media is original. Many of the photos and video have come from organizations and professional photographers.

Newseum’s collection includes a press pass and rubber bullets from St. Louis Public Radio’s Stephanie Lecci. St. Louis Public Radio’s Nancy Fowler (a former co-worker of mine,) also donated her notebook, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson donated a notebook and clothing he wore on this night. There’s also a homemade poster and some front pages. You can also see an exhibit up there now, from Newseum’s Facebook page, asking people if they thought the media’s coverage of Ferguson was fair. Thompson says people mostly voted no.

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Newseum’s Ferguson exhibit goes up Dec. 19 and will eventually move to the Bloomberg Internet, TV and Radio Gallery.

“I hope it helps people understand and appreciate the First Amendment,” Thompson said, “that these freedoms are something to be used and that they apply today as much as they did 200 years ago.”

Documenting Ferguson is still working out what the final product will be, if there is one, Davis said. They have also collected physical things from Ferguson protests as they relate to the university, and it could all end up as a curated exhibit, organized under categories that include specific days and reactions to the grand jury ruling.

Schatzman hasn’t printed the image she made of hands in the air by the Arch, but it lives online now as part of a collection of images that show something she saw and wanted to be a part of in St. Louis. And it is, of course, still on her phone.

Flier by Freida Wheaton/ The Alliance of Black Art Galleries, courtesy Documenting Ferguson.

Flier by Freida Wheaton/ The Alliance of Black Art Galleries, courtesy Documenting Ferguson.

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‘This stops today’: Images of protests on front pages and homepages

Many front pages and homepages showed images from protests in parts of the country on Friday as people continue responding to the no-indictment ruling against the New York police officer who killed Eric Garner. Here’s a collection of those fronts, from Newseum and various news sites. From yesterday, more images, including New York front pages, homepages after the news broke on Wednesday, and some political cartoons.

The Washington Post:


The Boston Globe:


Boston Herald:


BuzzFeed News:

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The Guardian:

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Newseum CEO James Duff leaves

The Associated Press

Newseum chief executive James Duff is leaving the D.C.-based journalism museum after three years, Brett Zongker reports.

Duff, who will return to his previous job as chief administrative officer of the U.S. Courts, will be replaced in the interim by Peter Prichard, who was previously editor of USA Today, Zongker writes. Jan Neuharth will take over for Duff as CEO of the Freedom Forum, the Newseum’s parent organization.

The Newseum’s financial outlook was improving in 2013, but it was still operating at a loss, Zongker writes:

Newly released financial documents show the Newseum still ran an operating deficit in 2013, but the deficit was reduced by half to $4.3 million compared with $8.3 million in 2012. Fundraising increased from about $1.3 million in 2012 to $3.3 million in 2013, though that’s still far less than other nonprofit museums.

The AP previously reported that the museum was “struggling mightily to cover costs,” with ticket sales offsetting 10 percent of expenses during 2011.

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NEOMG finally explains why it took down John Kasich video

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Why the Northeast Ohio Media Group took down that John Kasich video

    Candidates were expecting an audio interview, not video, and the governor's office complained after the news org, which publishes and The Plain Dealer, posted it, NEOMG ombudsman Ted Diadiun writes. NEOMG VP of content Chris Quinn decided to pull the video and not explain his actions because "I thought that if I stated my reasons, the obvious next step would be people going to the candidates and asking them if they had any objection to putting the video back up. ...That would mean my error could put people into an uncomfortable situation." ( | Previously: "I have not written about this or given out quotes because I felt I was in an untenable position and could do nothing to help the situation," Diadiun said. (Jim Romenesko) | "The mystery of the missing endorsement interview, and the stone wall around it, is solved...… ...after the election." (@jayrosen_nyu) | Jay Rosen's Nov. 1 post asking what happened and why Quinn wasn't talking. (PressThink)

  2. Midterms media stories

    Fox News broadcast results from New Hampshire exit polls early in the evening, "a move that is likely in violation of agreed-upon rules by the media companies that commission the exit polls." (Politico) | Sean Eldridge, husband of New Republic owner Chris Hughes, lost his congressional bid. (Poughkeepsie Journal) | Michael Grimm won, and told Staten Island Advance reporter Tom Wrobleski, "You were wrong, we were right.” (Capital) | "How lefty commentators handled pre-election midterm bad news" (WP) | File under ouch: Time's new cover.

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  3. 21st Century Fox had a good first quarter

    Revenue was up 12 percent over the same period the year before. (CNN) | Cable network revenue was up 5 percent. The Fox Broadcast Network had lower ratings and lower ad revenue but retransmission fees set off that decline, the release says. Filmed entertainment revenue was up 40 percent.

  4. A tech reporter confesses

    "You can do your job as a tech blogger without a single outbound request," an anonymous reporter tells Lucia Moses. "Just open your inbox every morning and pick which pitches to cover." But if reporters don't "kiss the ring a little," they "won’t get the big interviews." (Digiday)

  5. Amanda Knox is freelancing for a Seattle newspaper

    Knox, convicted of murder in Italy and later freed on appeal, "has taken on freelance assignments for the small circulation West Seattle Herald, initially under a pseudonym but lately in her own name." (The Telegraph) | Knox's review of a high school production of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead." (West Seattle Herald)

  6. Newseum CEO quits

    James Duff "is resigning from the museum of journalism and the First Amendment after three years at the helm of an institution struggling to cover its costs," Brett Zongker reports. The museum cut its deficit in half in 2013, and Duff will not receive all of the $1.4 million in deferred compensation he was due to receive when he took the gig. (AP) | Duff will run the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. (LegalTimes) | The Newseum laid off people last January. (Poynter) | From last November: "Can Ron Burgundy save the Newseum?" (WP)

  7. Why the Centre Daily Times didn't run Dottie Sandusky's critique of a documentary

    Her husband, Jerry Sandusky, was convicted of sexually assaulting boys in the Penn State scandal. "Incredibly, the media's version of that story is still being told today," his wife, Dottie, says in a piece hitting a documentary about the scandal, "Happy Valley." State College's Centre Daily Times said it didn't run the Sandusky piece because "her “critique” of the movie and defense of her husband are an insult to the victims, the prosecutors, the court system, the university, the community — really everyone with an emotional stake in what happened." Also: "Jerry Sandusky was convicted in 2012. The movie debuted 10 months ago. If that’s news, maybe we’re the ones who are 'delusional.'" (Centre Daily Times)

  8. Benedict Cumberbatch announces engagement with newspaper ad

    The announcement ran in The Times of London's "Forthcoming Marriages" section. (BuzzFeed) | "The actor’s engagement to Sophie Hunter, a theatre director, is announced in The Times today." (The Times)

  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare

    RedEye asks readers to write on the front cover, then tweet or Instagram a photo with the hashtag #DearGovernor. (Courtesy the Newseum)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Michael Slackman is now international managing editor for The New York Times. Previously, he was deputy international editor there. Charles Homans is now a digital deputy at The New York Times Magazine. Previously, he was executive editor of The Atavist. (The New York Times) | Kevin Reilly will be president of TNT and TBS. Previously, he was entertainment division chief at Fox network. (The New York Times) | Ryan Mote is now vice president for advertising at The Sacramento Bee. Previously, he was director of local advertising sales at Republic Media. (Email) | Mario Ruiz has joined Dan Klores Communications. He has been head of communications for The Huffington Post. (Capital) | Job of the day: BuzzFeed is looking for a puzzles editor. Get your résumés in! (BuzzFeed) | Send Ben your job moves:

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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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‘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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