Monday, February 04, 2008
A giant page

Of all the Super Bowl pages in the Freedom Forum's collection today, this one at The Star-Ledger is the most striking. No story text. Just a huge photo, an all-caps headline and a drophead sending readers to the sports section.

When I showed this page to students in my editing class, most of them liked it. Several noted its keepsake value, and others compared it favorably to a magazine cover. A few, though, wanted a story to go with the photo — as a newspaper would be expected to do.

Related posts here and here.
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  • At 10:57 AM, Anonymous John Robinson

    On the special edition we did on 9/11 I insisted that we include the start of a story on the front page. It was a mistake. We should have gone with one of those striking photos and a headline. I'm still learning.

  • At 3:09 PM, Blogger Andy Bechtel

    At the N&O, we had not one, but three stories on 9/12/01.

    In hindsight, only one needed to be there: A Washington Post story that was the "on the plane" narrative of the airliner that hit the Pentagon. No one else had that sort of story, so it actually added something significant to the coverage at that point.

    The other angles (roundup of the attacks, with Bush speech; Triangle residents react) were covered by other media and didn't add as much.