Friday, August 31, 2018

Library Closed 9/3/18

The Library will be closed on Monday, September 3rd for Labor day. We will reopen again on Tuesday at 8:00 am.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

What's Front-Page News?

Newspaper editors don't always select the same stories to highlight. One editor might judge an event to be less significant than another does, or they may choose stories that are important locally but not nationally.

This morning a friend posted on Facebook that his local paper did not put Michael Cohen's plea and Paul Manafort's convictions above the fold on the front page. That inspired me to visit the Newseum's cool collection of today's front pages. You can browse hundreds of papers. 

Compare the treatment in Columbia, SC, in The Post and Courier, which puts Cohen's plea in a small story in the bottom corner: 

front page Post and Courier Aug 22 2018

with that in The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), which has a banner headline:

excerpt of front page Times-Picayune Aug 22 2018

or the Arizona Republic (Phoenix), with a big headline, photos, and analysis of the possible impact of the two cases::

excerpt from Ariz Republic front page Aug 22 2018

In The Birmingham News, the Cohen case didn't make the front page at all:

front page Birmingham News Aug 22 2018

By the way, I copied the images from the front pages here (rather than simply linking) because the links will lead to tomorrow's front page tomorrow and the next day's the next day. The Newseum provides access to an archive of selected front pages "from events that are considered of historical significance and fit its educational mission." A free registration is needed to view them.