January 23, 2012

Front pages in Pennsylvania featured Joe Paterno on Monday, with dominant photos and tributes to the former Penn State coach who died over the weekend. Several of the papers played on the Nittany Lions team name, with headlines such as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Lion at Rest,” and “When Lions Weep.” Others simply said, “Farewell, Coach.The full collection is available at the Newseum. A selection appears below. || | Previously: False Paterno death reports highlight journalists’ hunger for glory | How false reports of Joe Paterno’s death were spread and debunked (Poynter)

The Daily News used an archival photo of Paterno from his early coaching days. (Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum)

Patriot-News reporter Sara Ganim broke the story that ended Paterno’s career at Penn State, as information revealed that Paterno was aware Jerry Sandusky had been accused of sexual misbehavior with young boys. (Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum)
This small Pennsylvania town also used a black and white treatment for its Paterno cover. (Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum)
The Philadelphia edition of this commuter tabloid used a play on words for its headline, as did several other papers. (Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum)
The Altoona paper used several Paterno images from his decades-long coaching career. (Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum)
This Wilkes-Barre paper, like many, used “JoePa” as a term of affection for the coach. (Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum)
The Reading Eagle was one of a few papers to show Paterno leaving the field. (Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum)
This Levittown paper was one of only a few that showed mourners at impromptu gatherings on campus Sunday. (Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum)
Candles spell out Joe’s name in this front page memorial service photo from Doylestown’s Intelligencer. (Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum)
Most papers outside Pennsylvania did not feature Paterno’s death as a top story, as they had featured news of his failing health on their Sunday front pages. Bakersfield was an exception. (Front page appears courtesy of the Newseum)

News websites were cautious but quick to report that former football coach Joe Paterno died Sunday morning. Several websites used striking imagery on their home pages to capture the story of Paterno’s Penn State legacy, firing and death.

Penn State student news site Onward State explained Sunday morning how a hoax email and dishonest report led them to prematurely declare Paterno dead on Saturday night.
Deadspin chose a formal portrait of a smiling Paterno and used his full name with the photo to convey respect.
ESPN contrasted a younger, victorious Paterno with a more recent image.
The Daily Collegian, Penn State’s official student newspaper, embedded a slideshow of memorial photos on its home page. Unfortunately, just beneath the top story about Paterno’s death is a headline that reads, “Joe Paterno still in ‘serious’ condition.
USA Today highlighted a timeline of Paterno’s life at the top of its story about his death.
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Julie Moos (jmoos@poynter.org) has been Director of Poynter Online and Poynter Publications since 2009. Previously, she was Editor of Poynter Online (2007-2009) and Poynter Publications…
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