July 28, 2016

The Seattle Times included an apology to readers online Wednesday and in print Thursday. The paper, like many others, led Wednesday with an image of former President Bill Clinton on the night Hillary Clinton officially became the Democratic nominee and the first woman in the running for the White House representing a major party.

Leon Espinoza, assistant managing editor, wrote the following:

Wednesday’s front page, which featured a banner headline, “Clinton makes history with formal nomination,” failed to include a photograph of Hillary Clinton, the first woman to lead a major-party ticket, instead putting the visual focus on former President Bill Clinton, who made an impassioned case for her election as the next president. The omission upset many readers. In hindsight, we focused too much on the live moment and not enough on the history being made. We apologize for missing the mark.

Poynter’s Jim Warren reported Wednesday that many editors at newspapers that ran with Mr. Clinton weren’t aware that people were upset by the decision.

In case you missed it, here’s a look at some of the newspapers that mostly did lead with the Clinton who’s in the running for president.

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Kristen Hare teaches local journalists the critical skills they need to serve and cover their communities as Poynter's local news faculty member. Before joining faculty…
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