April 3, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Spring has sprung; newspapers going to the animals

Spring is in the air! Several front pages noticed the warming weather and blooming flowers. Monterey, Calif.'s Herald said, "Spring Hues: Wildflowers are out … you just have to look," and the front page has five pictures of the brightly colored flowers to prove it. The Rockford (Ill.) Register Star asked, "Is it finally spring?" and gave 10 ideas for enjoying the great outdoors in spring, including kite-flying and watching Cubs games. The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) used a picture of spring lilies being watered to go along with a story about a program that finds jobs for special-needs adolescents. The Gazette in Colorado Springs had a slightly different take to the season. The headline read, "Spring forward, but don't fall back"; the story was about mountain climbing in the warmer conditions.

The spring fever has us all feeling a little like zoo animals — wild, yet penned up at the great indoors of our workplaces. Front-page editors must be feeling the same way, as several featured animals on their front pages today. The Record Searchlight (Redding, Calif.) showed a picture of a black bear climbing a tree in a residential neighborhood. San Luis Obispo, Calif.'s Tribune showed a cow crossing the road, right next to a well-placed cow-crossing sign. The Santa Barbara (Calif.) News-Press featured a photo from the relocation of an elephant seal pup.

California front-page editors weren't the only wild animals out there. Levittown, Pa.'s Bucks County Courier Times selected a silhouetted photo of horses on the prairie for its front page. The New Haven (Conn.) Register also featured a horse photo out front; restored carousel horses are being put into place on the outdoor carousel just in time for spring. The Reading (Pa.) Eagle featured a cute piglet in front of the Capitol for a story on spending titled, "Where's the pork?" Spartanburg, S.C., had a circus coming to town and showed the elephants on its Herald Journal's front page.

Last but not least, spring chicks and bunnies "peeped" out from around the name plate of the Carroll County Times (Westminster, Md.). Photos from the local arts center's "Peep Show" — featuring art created from the marshmallowy Easter Peeps — reminded us of spring and animals, and made us want to drive up to Westminster to see the show. Preferably with the windows down to take in the fresh, spring air!

ehedges@newseum.org Emily Hedges is an assistant editor at the Newseum.

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