The announcement yesterday by the U.S. Supreme Court that knocked down most — but not all — of Arizona’s SB1070 immigration law was huge news in Arizona, as you might imagine.


Phoenix, Ariz.

Circulation: 321,600

The Republic went horizontal today: Two stories and a fat refer, laid out in horizontal strips. The shapes were echoed by photos of the governor and of protestors outside the state house, both also cropped in strong horizontal shapes.

The result was drama. And lots of it.

The picture up top was by staffer Nick Oza. The protester shot below was by Pat Shannahan.

The page was designed by Amy King, I’m told.


Tucson, Ariz.

Circulation: 96,682

The Star went with lots of moving pieces: Two stories, an at-a-glance box, a huge assembly of refers and three pictures with quotes. The whole package moved downpage because of Arizona winning a national college baseball championship yesterday.

The head shots were, left to right, AP file, Associated Press and staff.

Side note: Do you see the little “Coming Sunday” refer across the bottom? The headline talks about a “guide to high-speed internet providers.” But the icon shows a USB connector. I’m guessing this wasn’t the best choice of art for this.


Casa Grande, Ariz.

Circulation: 8,458

Perhaps most unusual headline of the day was this attempt at a reference to Shakespeare, on the front to today’s Casa Grande Dispatch.

The AP picture showed the same argument we saw at the bottom of the Phoenix page.

My favorite Supreme Court page of the day, however, was this one from the…


Indianapolis, Ind.

Circulation: 164,640

The Star built an illustrated flow chart that explained how this entire mess unfolded in the first place.

Here’s a closer look at just the graphic by the Star‘s Emily Kuzniar.

Design director Phil Mahoney tells us:

The whole thing came about however because we didn’t have any local art and we felt strange playing Arizona art big on the page and we also wanted to bring Indiana into the mix since we are one of the states with similar immigration legislation. Since the neither side really won, we thought it best give some perspective on how we got here, and that would allow us to tie in the Indiana angle.

Eric Dick, our A1 editor — coincidentally, a transplant from Arizona — came up with the timeline information and Emily Kuzniar, our A1 designer, took the timeline information and turned it into our handy flow chart to give us out dominant visual element for the page.

This presentation allow us to give readers depth with the background as well as digest how the days ruling will influence other states with similar legislation.

And, in a fit of full-disclosure fever, Phil admits:

There was one problem with our cover. If you look closely, we used Mississippi instead of Alabama in the little state pieces. Nobody caught it until this morning.

These front pages are from the Newseum. Of course.