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!

A clever promotion the KC Star is running during the World Series

Last night, the World Series took the night off as the teams travel back to Kansas City. Action will resume tonight with Game Six.

The Giants lead the series, 3-2. Tonight, the Royals will tie the series or the Giants will win it. So it’s all on the line tonight for the Royals.


Sarah Morris, an artist+designer for the Kansas City Star, tells us:

The cover illustration and design was done by Neil Nakahodo, who did an excellent job, as always.

The poster page photo is by John Sleezer, who always does a fantastic job. I designed.


The photo is of Giants reliever Hunter Strickland leaving the field after the almost fight in Game 2. We’ve been wanting to work in the Breaking Bad reference for a while, and sports editor Jeff Rosen decided that this was the opportunity to do it.

This month, all of our preview sections have run on a heavier paper. We’ve taken that as an opportunity to run Paper Royals, which were created by Neil Nakahodo.

This is the Paper Royal that ran in Sunday’s section.


Carefully cut out the pieces, assemble as instructed and you can make a do-it-yourself action figure of your favorite Royals players.


Sarah tells us:

Today’s Paper Royal is Billy Butler, who has his bat and some BBQ sauce as accessories.


Sports designer Domenica Bongiovanni has amassed quite the collection.


They’re a way to have a little more fun with our coverage in the post-season.

The first time I had seen these little paper action figures was back in 2007, when the Denver Post published them when the Rockies were in the playoffs.


I thought these were very cool and I wrote an entire riff on them into some of my presentations.

In 2011, the Post upped the ante with a figure of Tim Tebow.

Not long after, the Detroit Free Press countered with a similar cut-out figure of fearsome defender Ndamukong Suh. Which the Freep cleverly displayed here putting the smackdown on the Post’s Tebow doll.

In 2012, Denver Post graphics director Jeff Goertzen moved to USA Today, where he offered up Tom Brady and Eli Manning figures for the Super Bowl.

The idea was adapted into superheroes by the Victoria (Texas) Advocate, when the Avengers movie came out that May.

I even tried to make one of those myself.

Clearly, my superior graphic arts skills made for nothing but success.

That’s OK. I never enjoyed counting to ten anyway.

Even later that year, the Detroit Free Press went crazy with the paper doll trend, offering ten Detroit Lions, plus the team mascot and a page of accessories like goal posts and little tubs of Gatorade.

That fall, Samantha Dellinger of the York Daily Record created 25 — count ‘em, 25 — versions of the football paper doll to represent all the high schools in her paper’s coverage area.

Also that fall, the Tulsa World asked readers to vote on an area high school all-star team. The winners of the poll were turned into paper figures.

And Tim Wertz of the Williamsport (Pa.) Sun-Gazette uses the idea from time to time to pay homage to people from rap musicians…


…to local roller derby sk8r chix.


And those are just the ones I know about.

So this is by no means a new idea. But it’s an effective one, because it’s a talker.

If you use a gimmick, use it well. And that’s what the Star has done here. The Star is also printing Paper Chiefs for football season.


What I like about these is that they’re not online. These are print edition only. If you want Paper Chiefs or Paper Royals, you have to shell out a dollar for the dead tree edition.

So how does the paper push the idea online? They encourage readers to buy the paper, build the figures and then send in pictures of themselves with the Paper Chiefs or Paper Royals for galleries on the paper’s web site and Facebook page.


The paper has also invested to help create awareness of the paper figures with a fun promotion to use at tailgating locations.


I suspect everyone wants to be made into a Paper Chief. Note the hashtag on the display.

So make fun of paper figures all you want. This is nothing but clever, clever, clever.

Tonight’s game begins at 8 p.m. EDT, or 5 p.m. out here on the west coast. The entire World Series is being broadcast on Fox.

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More school shooting coverage by the Everett, Wash., Daily Herald

Monday, we took a look at pages from the Everett, Wash., Daily Herald in the wake of Friday’s school shooting.

Daily Herald editor Neal Pattison told us:

We are the nearest paper to the school and worked on the stories and the pages with a keen awareness that the families of kids at that school would be looking at these images and reading these headlines on Saturday morning.

Neal and his staff used similar restraint for Sunday’s second-day coverage. The story of the day was the way the community was pulling together to grieve for the two dead teens — including the shooter — and the three who were still in the hospital in critical condition.


The lead picture on Sunday’s page one was by staffer Mark Mulligan.

The lead news story was by Kari Bray and Rikki King. The sidebar by Andrew Gobin addressed the background of the shooter.

The picture on the jump page was by Ian Terry


…as was the picture across the way of a vigil at a local church.


The sidebar by Julie Muhlstein warned readers that the answer to everyone’s question — Why? — might be a long time coming. A tips box offered help to parents whose kids might be suffering with grief.

On Sunday, one of the three students in critical condition died from her injuries. Also on Sunday, a community meeting was held at the school. It was the first time many of the students had seen each other since the shootings.

Here’s the way all that came together for Monday’s front page.


The pictures were by staffer Kevin Clark.

The mainbar was by Chris Winters. Chris and Kari Bray teamed up on the sidebar that went into the plusses and minuses of social media when a tragedy like this strikes a small community.

The four pictures on page three were also by Kevin Clark.


Today’s front page shows progress made in the investigation of what happened Friday. The sheriff’s department says the shooter asked his friends to meet him for lunch before he shot them.


The mainbar is by Diana Hefley.

The town is wearing red to show support for the school. Eric Stevick, Rikki King and Andrea Brown write about that at the bottom right of page one.

The Herald also today updated readers on the status of the victims.

Average daily circulation for the Daily Herald is 46,481.

More pages from this paper here in the blog…

Birthdays for Tuesday, Oct. 28

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


Jim Lexa is assistant copy desk chief for sports at the Globe-News of Amarillo, Texas. A 1984 graduate of Sothern Illinois University, Jim spent a few months as a sportswriter for the Vincennes Sun-Commercial before moving to Amarillo that fall. He’s been with the Globe-News, now, for 30 years. Take a moment, if you will, to read about Jim’s encounter with Jay Leno. Find Jim’s blog here and his Twitter feed here.


Linda Johnson is a senior copy editor for the Dallas Morning News. She’s a product of the University of Texas at Arlington.


Alison Powers is an interactive designer for Nemours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. A 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri, Alison served as a designer for the Missourian and production manager, graphics editor and designer for the Maneater. She served an internship at the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk in 2007 before joining the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville that fall, where she concentrated mostly on features sections and the Sunday sports front. Alison left newspapers in 2011. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Alison turns 30 today.


Todd Sumlin is a photojournalist for the Charlotte Observer. A 1987 graduate of Randolph Community College, Todd spent six years shooting for the Lenoir (N.C.) News-Topic, a year with the Courier-Tribune of Asheboro and nine years at the Star-News of Wilmington, N.C., before moving to Charlotte in 1997. Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here. Todd turns 48 today.

Alison, Linda, Jim and Todd share a birthday with actors Matthew Robert “Matt” Smith, Julia Fiona Roberts, Joaquin Rafael Phoenix, Dennis Franz Schlachta, Anne Hampton “Annie” Potts, Goro Suzuki (better known as Jack Soo), Daphne Eurydice Zuniga and Paul Andrew “Andy” Richter; musicians Brad Douglas Paisley, Charles Edward “Charlie” Daniels and Benjamin Chase “Ben” Harper; sports greats William Bruce Jenner (Olympic decathlon), Leonard Randolph “Lenny” Wilkens (basketball), Terrell Lamar Davis (football), Bowie Kent Kuhn (baseball commissioner) and Kanō Jigorō (the inventor of Judo); polio vaccine creator Jonas E. Salk; activist Margaret Elizabeth Noble (better known as Sister Nivedita); Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and software zillionaire William Henry “Bill” Gates III.

In addition, today is National Chocolates Day and St. Jude’s Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, y’all! Best wishes!