A rocket explosion makes for a spectacular front page in Newport News

In case you didn’t see the video that went viral almost immediately, a cargo rocket en route to the International Space Station blew up moments after leaving its launch pad Tuesday night at NASA’s Wallops Island facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Kevin Goyette, a senior editor at the Daily Press of Newport News, tells us:

I put the cover together with a big assist from our visuals editor, Adrin Snider, who pulled stills out of NASA’s video to get the lead image.


Often we have a shooter at Wallops for launches, but they scrub so frequently we haven’t been consistent about it — it’s kind of haul to get out there. Figures one we didn’t staff would blow up. Luckily Adrin was able to pull the big boom moment from the video.

Once we had an image to work with, the rest was pretty straightforward. We knew we wanted to make a big deal about it — we consider Wallops stories to be local, with the strong NASA connection, and you can even see launches from spots on the Peninsula sometimes.

Tuesday’s explosion actually coincided with our own launch (sorry for the pun). Our new website went live just about an hour before the accident, so we were on our heels a bit sweating the rollout.


It actually gave us a chance to show off some of what the new site can do, though, and the new platform helped our digital coverage really shine. Maybe not how we would have scripted it, but it worked out nicely.

I’d love to say we had an impressive spread inside in print, but really we were happy just to get the story in and edited by deadline, as NASA delayed a press conference a few times (thanks to our science and environment ace, Tamara Dietrich, and Shana Gray in the newsroom, for turning that around in time).

Average daily circulation for the Daily Press is 57,642.

A look at Thursday’s World Series pages

Madison Bumgarner came on in relief and threw five innings of scoreless baseball last night, earning a save, a 3-2 win over the Royals and a third World Series championship in five years for the San Francisco Giants.

Circulation: 229,176

The Chronicle led today’s front page with a picture of Bumgarner getting a congratulatory hug from his catcher, Buster Posey.


Thanks to Elizabeth Burr for sending us that page.

Circulation: 200,365

The hero of the game for the Royals was leftfielder Alex Gordon. Not only did he score the tying run in the 2nd inning, he also hit a triple in the 9th that would have tied the game at 3.

Unfortunately, Salvador Perez then hit a foul ball that Pablo Sandoval caught near the Giants’ dugout, stranding Gordon at third and putting the game away.

Gordon’s sad walk back to the Royals’ dugout was the lead photo on the front of today’s Star.


The picture is by staffer Shane Keyser.

The result of that final pitch was on the cover of the sports section today.


The picture is by John Sleezer.

John also made this great picture of Gordon sliding into home in the 2nd inning to tie the game at 2.


Both the sports page and the poster were designed by Sarah Morris.

Today’s Chronicle front is from the Newseum. Of course.

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Birthdays for Thursday, Oct. 30

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four wonderful visual journalists…


Elizabeth Cuevas Carrillo is a designer for Periódico La Razón de México in Mexico City. A 2004 graduate of UAM in Xochimilco, Elizabeth worked at Reforma before joining La Razón. She turns 32 today.


Lisa Mauch is a media communications specialist for the public library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio. A 1994 graduate of Miami University of Ohio, Lisa spent three years as a reporter for CityBeat and then four more years as an assistant editor for the Xavier University alumni magazine before signing on in 2003 as pagination editor for the Community Press/Recorder, an edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer. She earned a master’s degree from Xavier in 2007 and left the newspaper business in 2012. Find Lisa’s Twitter feed here.


Chris Mihal is creative director of Variety of Los Angeles, Calif. A 2004 graduate of Ball State University, Chris interned at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Virginian-Pilot before joining the Arizona Republic as 1A and projects designer. He moved to the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale in 2005 as deputy design director for features and business and was later promoted to news design director. He moved to Atlanta in 2010 to become creative director of Creative Loafing, an alt-weekly there and then was named creative director of the Gannett Design Studio in Asbury Park, N.J., in 2012. He moved to the West Coast in 2013. Find his portfolio site here and his Twitter feed here. Chris turn 33 today.


Bill Mitchell is a longtime member of the faculty at the Poynter Institute and is now retired — but still affiliated with Poynter — and currently residing in Boston. A 1971 graduate of Notre Dame — where he majored in theology — Bill worked as a reporter and editor for the Detroit Free Press, the San Jose Mercury News and Time magazine before becoming the Merc‘s director of electronic publishing in 1992. He became director of editorial development for Andrews McMeel Universal in 1995 and then director of Poynter Online in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1999. In 2009, he was named leader of Poynter’s entrepreneurial journalism and international programs. His new project: Growing and tracking economic development and redevelopment in Detroit, via his site, Detroit143. In addition, Bill has been teaching via the International Media Innovation Management program. In his personal blog — A Year in a Room — Bill writes about his new life living in Boston’s Beacon Hill Friends House. Find his Poynter blog here and his Twitter feed here. Bill turns 66 today.

Lisa, Elizabeth, Chris and Bill share a birthday with actors Henry Franklin Winkler, Matthew James Morrison, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Nia Talita Long, Harry Robinson Hamlin, Charles Martin Smith, Kevin Elliot Pollak, Edward Matthew “Ed” Lauter II and Ruth Gordon Jones; musicians Grace Barnett Wing (better known as Grace Slick), Gavin McGregor Rossdale (of Bush), Vanessa Karen White (of the Saturdays), Timothy Bruce Schmit (of the Eagles) and Otis Williams; directors Claude Lelouch and Louis Malle; socialite Ivanka Marie Trump; former Mythbuster Tory Belleci; bodybuilder Angelo Siciliano (better known as Charles Atlas); sports greats Diego Armando Maradona (soccer), Anastasia Valeryevna “Nastia” Liukin (gymnastics), Joseph Wilbur “Joe” Adcock, James Evan Perry Jr., Marcos “Marco” Scutaro (all three baseball), Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota and Richard Albert “Dick” Vermeil (football coach); poet Ezra Weston Loomis Pound; novelist Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky; Admiral William Frederick Halsey; U.S. president John Adams and TV news producer Ferdinand Friendly Wachenheimer (better known as Fred Friendly).

In addition, today is Checklist Day, Create a Great Funeral Day, Haunted Refrigerator Day and National Candy Corn Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday, folks! Best wishes!

A look at Wednesday’s World Series pages

Facing extinction in Game Six of the World Series, the Kansas City Royals exploded for seven runs in the second inning and stomped the ever lovin’ snot out of the Giants, 10-0.

The win takes the series to a seventh-game showdown tonight in Kansas City.

Circulation: 229,176

On page one today, the Chronicle went with the ol’ pitcher sitting reflectively in the dugout after getting the hook photo.


The pitcher is Jake Peavy, who lasted just four outs. The picture is by staffer Michael Macor.

UPDATE – 7 p.m. CDT

Luis Rendon sends along today’s sports front. It was designed by designed by Mike Massa, Luis tells us.


The lead picture by Scott Strazzante shows Giants fans heckling Peavey as he was yanked.

Circulation: 200,365

Designer Sarah Morris tells us:

Well, the Royals pulled out a win, and in dramatic fashion. It’s truly been a team effort all month, with a herculean effort each night on the part of everyone. And tonight was no different.

On A1, we highlighted the pitcher, Yordano Ventura. Not only did he pitch seven innings without a run scored, he did it on the day his friend, Oscar Taveras, was buried. We thought the photo of Ventura pointing up to the sky, and his friend, summed up the moment perfectly.


John Sleezer did it again with that photo. News editor Chick Howland, who has been at work for every game of the post-season, came up with the headline.

Bob Merrick and Greg Branson designed the Royals special section cover.


With that cover, we wanted to convey that the Royals have one more chance to win this. Game six was a great game, but it’s not over yet. Executive editor Mike Fannin came up with that headline. David Eulitt took the photo.

We did something a little different with our poster page tonight. The Royals played their own brand of small ball, with eight hits, scoring seven runs. And none of them was a huge hit. So instead of choosing one image and blowing it up big, Neil Nakahodo showed every single one of those hits.


Photos are by Rich Sugg, Shane Keyser, David Eulitt and John Sleezer.

And in case you missed it, video editor Monty Davis put together this video of some of our photogs when they were out in San Francisco, talking about how they make these awesome photos come together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb2jEoJlNws&sns=fb

Tonight’s final showdown begins at 8 EDT, 5 PDT.

Today’s Chronicle front is from the Newseum. Of course.

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Birthdays for Wednesday, Oct. 29

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three talented visual journalists…


Jeffrey Bruner is national wire editor for the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. A 1991 graduate of Drake University, Jeff spent four years as managing editor of the Tribune of Ames, Iowa. He moved to the Des Moines Register in 2001. Find his Twitter feed here. Jeffrey turns 46 today.


Diana D’Abruzzo is chief of the copy desk and senior news editor for Express, the free youth-oriented tabloid published by the Washington Post. A 1997 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Diana worked as a reporter, features editor and deputy news editor for the Wilmington (N.C.) Star-News before joining the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk in 2005. She moved to D.C. in 2012 and was promoted to her current position last winter. Find Diana’s portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.


David Dombrowski is design director of the regional design center for Lee Enterprises in Madison, Wis. A 1987 graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Dave worked as a copy editor at the Journal of Lorain, Ohio, Sunday editor at the Star Beacon of Ashtabula, Ohio and layout editor at the News of New Castle, Pa., before landing as a copy editor at the Daily Record of York, Pa., in 1990. He became a designer at the Asbury Park Press in 1993 and moved to the Detroit Free Press in 1995. After nine years in Detroit, Dave moved to Madison in 2004 to become senior editor for presentation at the Wisconsin State Journal. The State Journal laid him off in 2012, but Dave caught on pretty quickly with the Lee hub in Munster. He took on new duties in last fall. Find Dave’s Twitter feed here.

Diana, David and Jeffrey share a birthday with actors Winona Laura Horowitz (better known as Winona Ryder), Richard Stephen Dreyfuss, Lucy Kate Jackson, Ben Foster, Brendan Jacob Joel Fehr, Gabrielle Monique Union and Daniel Louis “Dan” Castellaneta; musicians Brian Frederick Arthur Hines (better known as Denny Laine), Amit Paul (of the A*Teens) and Steven Randall “Randy” Jackson; comedian Fania Borach (better known as Fanny Brice); sports greats Amanda Ray Beard (swimming), Johann Olav Koss (speed skating), Eric Craig Staal (hockey), Robert Allen “R.A.” Dickey (baseball), Andrew Gregory “Andy” Dalton, Travis Deion Henry and Maurice Edward Clarett (all three football); biographer James Boswell; journalist David Remnick; Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Nazi propaganda minister Paul Joseph Goebbels, TV art instructor Robert Norman “Bob” Ross and cartoonist William Henry “Bill” Mauldin.

In addition, today is National Cat Day, World Psoriasis Day and Internet Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, you three! Have a wonderful birthday!