Last week, we took a look at front pages from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since the start of the Michael Brown incident.
Tempers here have cooled a bit and things are starting to settle down. However, the work done by the Post-Dispatch photographers and by assistant managing editor for presentation Carlos Ayulo and his staff has continued to be strong.
Let’s pick up where we left off, shall we?
TUESDAY, AUG. 19
The nightly conflicts were still going strong last Monday night. This lead art by staffer David Carson looks like something out of a video game.
Design by Evan Hill.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20
As you can see by the first bit of labeling at the top left of the page, the violence eased a bit after that.
The picture of a peaceful protest march is by staffer Robert Cohen. Wade Wilson designed the page.
THURSDAY, AUG. 21
Thursday’s lead art by Huy Mach was another gorgeous shot — this one of peaceful protests with lightning in the distance.
The design was by Wade Wilson.
FRIDAY, AUG. 22
Friday’s front page art of a candlelit vigil was by Christian Gooden.
Laura Black designed the page.
SATURDAY, AUG. 23
Robert Cohen shot Saturday’s lead art.
The page was built by Wade Wilson.
SUNDAY, AUG. 24
For Sunday’s front, the paper went in a completely different direction with this data-oriented presentation.
Our Sunday story looked at the diparity between African-American population vs. African-American police officers in 31 municipalities.
Josh Renaud and I discussed a couple of ideas but many seemed too complicated or incomplete to display for our readers. The obvious idea of publishing a map with a key and a list of districts would have taken too much space on the cover. Plus, that display would have made our readers works too hard to match the information.
Josh mentioned a previous package I designed last year featuring school district performance percentages (below, left):
He was right. That previous design was the blueprint for telling Sunday’s story.
We wanted a simple and effective display for our readers to navigate through several numbers. We hit our mark.
MONDAY, AUG. 25
Finally, Monday — two weeks and two days after Michael Brown was killed — you can see life just starting to return to normal. Just a bit, at least, with the first big front-page treatment that did not refer to the unrest in Ferguson.
The bad news: The Rams’ quarterback is out for the season already.
The photo of the woman crying at Sunday church services is by J.B. Forbes.
TUESDAY, AUG. 26
Monday, of course, services were held for Michael Brown. Huy Mach made the picture that led Tuesday’s paper.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27
Today’s front page reinforced the nonviolent theme even further.
The lead photo is by Laurie Skrivan.
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