Eyeing A1

A look at newspaper front pages from around the country

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When it’s not there

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On Sunday, the House passed the health reform, which was news everywhere.

Well, almost everywhere. There was loads of coverage on television and all over the Internet. Social media sites were buzzing all night with commentary on the subject.

However, one of the most interesting things to happen in the last 24 hours were the newspapers that did not have this story on the front page of their newspapers.

TheWrap.com went through all 406 newspaper front pages today and found that just 15 did not devote some type of coverage on the front page of their paper.

Of course this could be for a number of reasons and one beyond the newspaper’s control is deadline. If the paper was done before the story got out, well, can’t control that. But, there are instances like this when a deadline should be held just a little longer. By not getting this in the paper further proves how out-dated newspapers are becoming, which for obvious reasons makes me sad.

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Written by Susan Lulgjuraj

March 22, 2010 at 1:40 pm

What is this picture trying to say?

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Thursday’s front page of the Los Angeles Daily News had a story on the well-being of women and how it’s on the decline. According to a report from the Los Angeles County Dept., of Health, an estimated 40 percent of women are at risk for health disease while the data rises to 53 percent for black women.

Here’s the front-page of the newspaper:

March 4, 2010 Los Angeles Daily News front page

There is so much going on with the main story. It doesn’t just lend to conventional reading, left to right, because of the statistics box and vignettes from the four different women. It’s a good concept, but the main art doesn’t seem to fit the message.

The message is clearly stated in the main headline “Unhealthy Situation.”

Certainly, there is problem if women are at such a high risk of heart disease and aren’t taking care of themselves. But a picture of a woman, who looks to be in decent shape, while walking her child in a carriage doesn’t tell sort of story. As the main, which is framed and centered on the page, should have a more compelling photo. The photo does not have a caption either to give readers a better understanding of the photo.

When it comes to newspapers front pages, usually they tend to stick with safe layouts. Solid photos with some of the best stories of the day, which are usually all news stories.

With no headline, no story – what does the main photo say to you?

I see a mother, who doesn’t have a lot of time to exercise, getting out of the house to do what she can to stay in shape. She’s not model-skinny, but she isn’t out-of-shape either. Without seeing her face and the expression she is making, it’s hard to discern her ‘well-being,’ which is part of the message of the sender.

Written by Susan Lulgjuraj

March 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm