We’ve looked at hundreds of newspaper front pages depicting Osama bin Laden’s death this week, and we’ve noticed several trends.
Many of the front pages used the same photo of bin Laden, the color red, and very short, bold headlines. The Citizens’ Voice, The Brownsville Herald and Express were among the papers that represented these trends.
Hoping to learn more about the stories behind their front pages, I talked with the folks who designed them and asked them about the choices they made.
Use of the same, dominant photo
Many of the front pages, including The Citizens’ Voices, used the same dominant photo of bin Laden looking off to the side.
When designing Monday’s front page, Copy Editor Tamara Dunn said there was no doubt that she would use that photo on the cover.
“That was the one photo that was always so striking and menacing,” Dunn said in a phone interview. Read more