As you know, there has been a lot of news out of Baltimore over the past few days. The Baltimore Sun has done a superb job covering all the events there and even waiving the paper’s metered paywall so folks around the country can better keep up with the protests and unrest in the wake of a police shooting there.
Jay Judge — senior editor for visuals at the Sun — tells us:
It was an incredible week when we had to tell our journalists to go home for some semblance of rest. Everyone just ran toward the news and gave their all. It was an incredible effort.
I love the papers and content we produced, but could not help but be amazed by the fantastic effort of our reporters and photographers in the field, reporting the news in the field better and faster than the competition, which in this case was about every national news outfit out there.
Jay took some time to walk us through the visual highlights of the Sun‘s print coverage over the past nine days. Click on any page here for a much larger — and, hopefully, readable — view.
Edition of SUNDAY, APRIL 26
Our plan was to run an enterprise story on the route of Freddie Gray’s police van at the top, then use protest art if the event merited it. On Friday we did not know how significant the march would be.
It turned ugly in the early evening. With a 8:20 close for our state edition, we made some subtle changes for the first edition and remade the page for later.
For the first edition, we ran a screen grab from a reporter’s video.
For the next edition, we subbed out the screen grab for a still.
The covers were designed by me.
Sunday’s lead photo was by Jim Watson of AFP/Getty Images.
The picture page was by Peter Dishal.
The lead picture on that page is by staffer Algerina Perna. Kim Hairston shot one and three are by staffer Jerry Jackson.
Edition of MONDAY, APRIL 27
The calm before the storm. Cover by Bill Wachsberger.
The lead photo is by Algerina Perna.
Edition of TUESDAY, APRIL 28
Jay tells us:
The clashes between police and protesters started during our 3 p.m. news meeting. It was hard for us to all focus without checking TV, Twitter and e-mails.
As the protests turned violent and started to spread, we dispatched reporters and photographers while trying to ensure people were in groups in and effort to make sure everyone was safe. On that day, a photographer was hit by a rock and another assaulted. It was intense.
There was so much noise, at some point I went to my office to spend five minutes of uninterrupted time thinking about the page. Three minutes later, I was back on the floor looking at photos and working the page. We wanted to show multiple sides of the event – the fury of the protesters, the restraint of the police, the aftermath and the funeral of Freddie Gray. I tried to keep the page as clean and elegant as possible.
The lead photo is by Algerina Perna again. The secondary art is by Amy Davis and Jerry Jackson.
I also included a picture page. There were so many great images from photographers who working under tough circumstances, we tried to do a page like this every day.
The lead photo here is by staffer Lloyd Fox. Other pictures are by Jon Sham, Jen Rynda, Algerina Perna and Christopher T. Assaf.
I also included another jump page with a graphic by Emma Patti Harris.
Here’s the page…
…and here’s a closer look at the graphic:
Edition of WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29
There was lots of varied activity this day that we wanted to show as best we could – from protests to dancing.
We tried to move the ad off of the front this day, to no avail.
Cover by me.
The lead picture is by Lloyd Fox. Bill Wachsberger designed the picture page, Jay says.
The lead picture is by Lloyd Fox. Other pictures are by Amy Davis, Barbara Haddock Taylor and Karl Merton Ferron.
Edition of THURSDAY, APRIL 30
Many papers focused on the Orioles game in the empty stadium, but that seemed off point to us. There was still a lot of protest in the city, including an enormous and peaceful march to and from City Hall. Going with the protest photo seemed like a better representation of the day to us.
The cover is by me.
The lead photo is by staffer Robert K. Hamilton.
On features, we did a story about coping with the emotional trauma of the riots. We had a great photo from the previous day that had not run. We felt it illustrated that story well.
Page by Peter Dishal.
That picture is by Lloyd Fox.
And we blew out the Orioles game on sports with a great panorama shot by one of our reporters shooting with an iPhone.
Page by Tracie Rawson.
The iPhone-wielding reporter was Jon Meoli.
Edition of FRIDAY, MAY 1
The cover was pretty straight forward this day. We were surprised that police handed over their investigation findings to the state’s attorney a day early.
Page by me.
The lead photo is by staffer Kenneth K. Lam.
Edition of SATURDAY, MAY 2
When the charges were announced, my goal was to get the mug shots of the suspects. There was some concern about whether they would be released, so I had six empty holes at the top of the page part of the night. It made me nervous. We did eventually get them.
If I had gotten them earlier, I was thinking of trying to do something exclusively with them. But I took a more conventional route not knowing when, or if, we would get them. We had a great reaction photo which helped me feel good about that decision.
We added the mugs and quotes on the side for balance.
The lead photo there is by Kim Hairston.
Cover and jump pages by me.
The lead photo on the jump page is by Lloyd Fox. Secondary art is by Kim Hairston and Karl Merton
Edition of SUNDAY, MAY 3
This was another day we thought that the size of the protest might require we sub out lead art, but it didn’t.
The police had given us exclusive access to follow their investigation into Freddy Gray’s death. We wanted to highlight that on the front. Using some different tools allowed me to highlight the investigation and look different than other days.
Cover by me.
The lead photo is by staffer Karl Merton Ferron.
Photo page by Peter Dishal.
The large photo there is by staffer Jerry Jackson. Other pictures are by Jen Rynda and Brian Krista.
Edition of MONDAY, MAY 4
Curfew lifted. National Guard preparing to leave. We all try to catch our breath.
Page by Bill Wachsberger.
The lead photo is by Algerina Perna.
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