February 14, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

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There’s no better day than today — Valentine’s Day — to single out front pages that set my heart a flutter. These front-page elements deserve a closer look:

Photos
Photos of baseball’s Roger Clemens were on many of today’s front pages as he and his former trainer gave conflicting testimony about doping at a congressional hearing. The Houston Chronicle tightly cropped a side view and used it at the top of its package. Newsday on Long Island chose a close-up of Clemens’ eyes and the headline: “Rocket’s Red Glare.”

Headlines
The Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram used “Liar, liar?” for its Clemens story. And “Lied” was in the headlines for The Indianapolis Star, which devoted half of its page to Indiana University men’s basketball and potential NCAA violations.

Weather made headlines in several locations. “Out of snowwhere,” The Denver Post said, explaining: “Weather forecasters didn’t see it coming. But come it did, and the snow piled up and up.” The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal used headline type to integrate its print and online weather coverage.

Design
The Forum in Fargo, N.D., used hand-written answers to a question it posed first-graders: How can you tell that someone is in love? In Malaysia, where the parliament has been dissolved, The Sun in Kuala Lumpur explained six steps in “How a general election is called.” The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times illustrated news from a database detailing congressional funding for pet projects.

Stories
The Telegraph of Calcutta, India, described the power of the ballot in a first-person essay, “Inside a Democratic booth,” about a U.S. polling place.

Question leads don’t often work, but this one did. “How do you get 6,000 college students whipped up into a lather?” the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News asked. Answer: Install low-flow shower heads in dorms. Students responded with a “pro-pressure” petition.

Happy endings
Fred the parrot was pictured on the Post-Tribune of Merrillville, Ind., after being stolen from a pet store. No anonymous source in this story. “Little birdy tells cops … where to find him.”

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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