It’s been a big week for our friends at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Assistant managing editor for presentation Carlos Ayulo took a few moments out of his day to answer a question for us:

Q. What can you tell me about the process each night? Is there anyone who deserves special notice in this strong run of front pages?

A. Simple. Big news equals loud and proud. And our presentation staff is no stranger to big news events thanks to the St. Louis Cardinals’ playoff runs the past 10 years.

All department met to discuss our coverage. Then we waited for events to unfold. Later in the week we had more focus stories including photo essays.

As you know, the original shooting happened Saturday afternoon. The Post-Dispatch pushed its Sunday centerpiece downpage and stripped the story about shooting and the reaction across the top.

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Click that — or any page here today — for a much larger look.

Carlos continues:

It wouldn’t be right to acknowledge the presentation staff only because our entire newsroom is responsible for our powerful pages, updates and breaking stories.

Many team members deserve praise including our brave journalists at the epicenter.

Our assigning editors have been working around the clock to corral all content. And the presentation staff has managed to produce amazing work.

Designer Josh Renaud set the tone for our A1s with Monday’s double headline story.

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The lead photo is by Robert Cohen and the secondary looting shot is by David Carson.

Carlos tells us:

Josh had conversations with newsroom editors and called me around 11:30 p.m. for suggestions but he nailed it on his own from the start. He sold the headline strategy which gave our readers tons of relevant information.

Wade Wilson, design director, is the main catalyst for our bold presentations since Tuesday’s edition.

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His keen sense of news judgment and storytelling has made designing those A1s ‘a breeze.’ He’s probably cursing me out as he reads that last sentence.

The lead photo there was by Laurie Skrivan.

Wednesday’s front kept the visual focus on peaceful protests, with a picture by Chris Lee.

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The focus of Thursday’s front moved back to a tear gas attack on protesters, featuring a truly awesome picture by David Carson.

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On Friday, the paper stressed the backlash to he week’s events from various government officials and, finally, a night with no violence.

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That picture is by J.B. Forbes.

Carlos continues:

Wade has worked extremely hard to design and organize several elements for our A1s. It’s a great example of Organized Chaos.

The design staff has helped design some inside Ferguson pages but most importantly, they keep our inside pages/sections looking sharp.

That sounds like a cue to show you a few inside pages from Friday.

Page A7 included a roundup of the day’s events, all keyed to a map of the area.

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I’ve seen this done in wartime, but rarely in peacetime. It’s kind of amazing that this was necessary. But it was.

Page eight, bottom left, holds jumps and a long rail of backlash quotes.

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Page nine, on the right, takes a photographic look at the riot gear and equipment being used by the police in Ferguson.

Page ten, below left, focuses on the highway patrol chief who was brought in to soften the police tactics.

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Page 12, above right, makes the point that this sort of thing would hardly have been expected in this little suburb.

Here are Friday’s editorial pages, which also stuck to the talking points.

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Carlos tells us:

Lynden Steele, director of photography, continues to work alternative hours to combs through hundreds of images since last Saturday night when the shooting occurred.

The photo staff, including David Carson, J.B. Forbes and Robert Cohen, have shown why each are top visual journalists in our region with their phenomenal photos which have been published all over the nation. Beyond print photos, they have provided glimpses of inside riots by sharing more photos through social media tools.

Wade Wilson also designed Saturday’s front, which depicted more violence. Note the headline.

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The picture was by Robert Cohen.

Here’s Sunday’s front page, featuring another David Carson picture and designed by Josh Renaud.

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Josh told us early Sunday this page was…

…sent at 1:05 a.m. as police were smoking/gassing the protesters defying curfew.

More violence broke out last night after police launched a new offensive against protesters breaking curfew. Today’s front page features a Robert Cohen picture of a woman having her eyes washed out with milk by strangers after a tear gas attack.

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That page, too, was designed by Josh Renaud.

Carlos writes:

Ron Wade, night news editor, has been steering the production ship every night including working on his day off. He and the copy desk have been crafting excellent display type and churning tons of inches. Ron helps update our website, STLtoday.com, after hours during this event.

Wade, Lynden and Ron have been in sync all week. Wade’s designs have captured the day’s news. Lynden’s editing has been outstanding. And Ron keeps everything balanced.

Our web producers Amanda St. Amand and Greg Jonsson plus a couple of line editors, reporters and Gary Hairlson, video editor, have been hustling with frequent updates to STLtoday.com. Seeing them update the site with breaking news and videos Friday morning was inspiring. And of course, Bob Rose, deputy managing editor/online, has been working around the clock.

Social media editor, Beth O’Malley has been all over social media and our site pushing our content and gathering information. She has contributed to our incredible traffic report since the shooting happened last Saturday night.

Go here to follow the Post-Dispatch‘s coverage of the shooting in Ferguson and its aftermath — the latest stories, extensive photo galleries and videos.

Average daily circulation for the Post-Dispatch is 187,992.

A few other times over the past few years when we’ve looked at pages from the Post-Dispatch

This article has 1 comments

  1. Bo

    Such tremendous work at all levels of storytelling. The bravery and intelligence in how this story is being told is truly inspirational. Sending admiration and best wishes from Florida to all the courageous journalists on scene.

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