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…

School shooting pages from the Everett, Wash., Daily Herald

Neal Pattison, editor of the Daily Herald of Everett, Wash. — the closest daily paper to where Friday’s horrific school shootings occurred — was kind enough to send us pages of his paper’s Saturday coverage.

Click this — or any page here — for a much larger look:


Lead art of a student being comforted by friends is by staffer Genna Martin.

Saturday’s lead story is credited to three staffers: Eric Stevick, Rikki King and Kari Bray. As you’ll see, that story jumps to page eight and then again to page nine.

Also, page one contained this early version of a chronology of the day’s events.


A sidebar by Kari Bray explains how vigils can help the grieving process.

Note the restraint used in all the choices — especially on page one — for Saturday’s paper. Neal tells 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.

The story spread to two pages inside. While comfort and grief were prominent on the front, this is where the Herald ran the kind of picture much of the rest of the country did, of armed police escorting students across campus.


The picture was by staffer Ian Terry. Secondary art was by Mark Mulligan.

Down the left side of the page were a number of quotes, including two tweets from students.


Page nine led off with an aerial by staffer Dan Bates of the scene at the school.

Downpage, a story by Dan Catchpole listed the four students who were critically injured. Sadly, one of those students died from her injuries on Sunday.

Other stories of note you might want to read:

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

A look at the Everett Daily Herald’s special 16-page mudslide section

Friday, the Daily Herald of Everett, Wash., published a 16-page special report on the gigantic mudslide that killed 43 people in nearby Oso back in March.

The project, says Herald editor Neal Pattison is…

…not just eye-candy. People should read the story. It’s a helluva story.

Here’s the cover of the section, beautifully designed by Katie Mayer and featuring a photo by Genna Martin.


Like Neal says, you really need to read the story by Eric Stevick, Rikki King and Scott North. You can find it here.

Other photos in the section are by Dan Bates, Annie Mulligan, Mark Mulligan and Sofia Jaramillo. Photo editing was by Mark Mulligan.


That map — and all the graphics in this project — was by Chuck Taylor. Katie Mayer designed the print section. The section editor was Robert Frank.


The obits scattered through the project were compiled by Andrea Brown, Quinn Russell Brown, Dan Catchpole, Gale Fiege, Noah Haglund, Rikki King, Julie Muhlstein, Amy Nile, Scott North, Sharon Salyer, Eric Stevick and Chris Winters.


Here’s the center spread of the print section…


…and here’s page 11.


Design of the web version was by Doug Parry. Kelsey Gochnour also worked on developing this for the web.


And here’s how the Herald plugged all of this from the top of Friday’s page one.


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

A look at the Everett Daily Herald’s mudslide coverage

At last count, the death toll in that horrible mudslide Saturday north of Seattle was at 24. However, there are still 90 people missing. It doesn’t look good.

The closest paper — the Daily Herald of Everett — has been all over the story. And, as you might expect from a paper edited by a former SND president, the Herald has run its visuals big and bold.

The mudslide struck late Saturday morning. The Herald responded the next morning with a picture by staffer Genna Martin of debris lurking among the mud behind a grove of trees.


The picture downpage of neighbors consoling each other is “for the Herald” by Annie Mulligan.

Herald visuals editor Katie Mayer designed most of the front pages this week, executive editor Neal Pattison tells me. She’s a designer who also coordinates photo and graphics, he says.

Neal writes:

The design is good because the reporting staff did a great job generating rich content. The reporting was good because the photographers were doing a great job moving and finding things to shoot. Everybody spurred everyone on … and I really don’t want to single out anyone.

These are really tired journalists. Like the community, we are coming to grips with just how long this will continue to play out.

Page three of Sunday’s paper featured this hauntingly beautiful shot by Marcus Yam of the Seattle Times.


The two pictures downpage are also by Annie Mulligan.

Monday’s lead photo by Genna Martin shows a family picking through the house of a missing family. Turned out, the family had been at a baseball game that morning.


The woman on the left of the smaller photo below is missing her husband in the mudslide.

Page two of Monday’s paper held a large diagram by staffer Chuck Taylor showing how far the slide reached through the Steelhead Drive housing development.


There’s something going on with that PDF that I don’t quite understand. I’m pretty sure the actual page didn’t print that way.

What strikes me looking at these pictures — especially the one in the center — is how gorgeous that region is. Even in the middle of all this destruction and death.

You see that again here, on the facing page of Monday’s paper. The big picture is by Genna Martin.


Genna also shot the picture below of a couple watching a body flown out. They had volunteered to search and had found the body.

You can see the story starting to darken with Tuesday’s front page. The headline mentions dimming hopes. The lead photo by staffer Dan Bates is of a crew with a dog, searching in vain for survivors.


By Wednesday, the death toll had risen to 24 and is expected to more than triple. Mark Mulligan’s lead art is of a candlelight vigil.


The picture downpage of a searcher poking through the mud, is by Elaine Thompson of the Associated Press.

Here is today’s front page with the latest numbers and more lead art of searching doing their thing among tons of debris.


The picture is by pool photographer Rick Wilking of Reuters.

The Herald‘s web site has echoed its print coverage by running photos large for maximum visual effect. This was the way it looked last night.


A few stories you might want to sample:

She knew her daughter’s friends never stopped looking for her after her car was swallowed by Saturday’s deadly Oso mudslide.

[Rae] Smith also knows it was Summer Raffo’s brother, Dayn Brunner, who lovingly lifted his sister from her mud-encased car Wednesday.

“He held her and he cried over her before they flew her out,” Smith said.

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

Five newspapers, five different A1 pictures of a fallen bridge

UPDATE – 1:30 p.m. PDT

Kathy Best, managing editor of the Seattle Times, tells us:

Thanks for the shout-out on our A1 bridge coverage today. Thought you’d enjoy this fact: Rick Lund is not a photographer, he’s an ace page designer who often designs our A1s.

Rick lives up near the site of the bridge collapse. He heard about it driving home and jumped into action, scrambling through blackberry bushes and barbed wire to get onto the bridge deck, then risking the wrath of police to get some of his shots.

And he shot these pictures with his iPhone.

These would include the pictures used on page one of today’s Vancouver paper…


…and the Tacoma paper.


Kathy continues:

Rick credited great newsroom training from Genevieve Alvarez, our videographer, who taught him to “zoom with his feet’’ when shooting with his iPhone.  He demonstrated the value of that advice and was a true hero of our coverage.

His photos were not only used on our website, but on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among others.

Yay, Rick! Glad he’s on our team.

Bridge collapse stories can be tough to present. Unless you have a photographer on the scene when the bridge goes down — not bloody likely — you’re left with aftermath photos.

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There’s nothing wrong with aftermath photos — especially when you can see vehicles floating in the water. Readers, I think, are fascinated with photos of vehicles floating in the water.

As long as, y’know, no one was killed. Which was the case in Thursday’s horrifying incident on Interstate 5 in Washington state.


That picture is by Dean Rutz of the Seattle Times. You can see the concrete part of the span, what’s left of the iron span crumpled in the water and emergency workers searching for victims. The men standing atop the bridge give a great sense of scale to the photo.

Here’s how the Times used the picture on the front of page one today:


Arresting headline. A nice trio of deck heads. A mainbar, sidebar and locator, packed simply underneath. A great job on a news day that easily could have been much, much more deadly.

Average daily circulation for the Seattle Times is 236,929.

As much as I loved that page, I also liked today’s Herald of Everett, Wash., which used lead art shot from a reverse angle and concentrated on the search boats and, yes, the cars floating in the river.


That picture is by staffer Jennifer Buchanan.

However, look what the Herald did with the picture this morning.


Great headline and decks. Great play for the lead art. But look at that secondary photo. Do you find it a bit redundant, with respect to the first photo? I do.

Perhaps a wider-angle shot — one that showed the scope of the entire collapse — might have worked better in this smaller spot.

Average daily circulation for the Herald is 46,481.

Next up is the Columbian of Vancouver, Wash., which did indeed lead with just such a wide angle shot by Rick Lund of the Seattle Times.


The Columbian‘s secondary photo was a closeup of a truck in the water.


Again, note how the Columbian opted for two bullet points to support its main headline. Those points don’t pop quite so much because the paper opted for grey bullets and black type instead of red bullets like Everett or red type like Seattle. But still, they work.

Average daily circulation for the Columbian is 48,078.

The two Washington-based McClatchy papers Two more Washington state papers chose nice lead art as well. This picture used by Tacoma is by the Times‘ Rick Lund…


…while Spokane went with an AP picture, beautifully lit by the setting sun.


Both papers played the story downpage and a lot smaller than I might have expected, however.

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My feeling is that this would be a good day to kill the skyboxes. If people won’t buy the paper to read about an interstate highway falling into the Skagit River, then I doubt “music and more” and “plenty of fun things to do this summer” will help single-copy sales significantly.

Average daily circulation for the News Tribune of Tacoma is 78,453. The Spokesman-Review circulates 69,161 papers daily.

These front pages are all from the Newseum. Of course.

A look at both the big and the small in an old growth forest in Washington State

The Daily Herald of Everett, Wash., ran a gorgeous two-part story this past weekend about a nearby forest.

Photo editor Justin Best tells us:

Over the past several years Herald photographer Dan Bates and retired Herald reporter Jim Haley took multiple trips with Walter Briggs to visit the old-growth forest he saved.


Left: Dan Bates. Right: Jim Haley.

Part one — about Briggs and his efforts to preserve these particular 275 acres, which were subsequently named for him — ran Friday. The “Giants” headline refers to the enormous heights the old-growth trees have reached.

Click this — or any of these pages — for a much larger view.

The lead art for Friday’s part one shows Briggs in front of a tree that still shows markings of a trail blazed through there 117 years before.

Lead art for the jump page shows Briggs measuring an old spruce.

Here’s Sunday’s front page, featuring part two of the story.

Lead art for the jump page shows Briggs leaning backwards in order to guide his canoe beneath a fallen tree.

In contrast to Friday’s “giant” theme, Sunday’s part two focused on tiny stuff. Really tiny stuff. Justin explains:

Dan took along a macro lens to give readers a view of the bugs and plants that most could never see. The close-up photos give the critters and mushrooms a sci-fi feel.

Sure enough, here’s an otherworldly-looking inchworm…

…and a banana slug.

Even the captions for these photos are gorgeous:

Forced into the deep moss of the forest floor by heavy rain, a moth

peers backward toward another one-eyed creature, the camera.

Here’s the doubletruck that ran inside, featuring these beautiful pictures.

Justin tells us:

It was nice to get the real estate in print and have a true double-truck on Sunday.

Credit for the elegant page design goes to Katie Mayer.

Naturally, the entire thing is online.

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

Following up behind my big Election Night preview graphic

So, how did the project go over?

It did pretty well, from what I’m hearing. Especially “back home” where I grew up: Two papers — one of either side of McCormick County, S.C. — ran my big election preview graphic today.

My brother Artie — in Martinez, Ga. — tells me:

Just thought I’d let you know that everyone I showed your graphic to at work were very interested… that’s saying something.

The only things us railroaders are interested is when is lunch and when are we going home. Great job!!!

That was in the Augusta Chronicle. Where, I’m sad to report, we found an error this morning. In my final update last night, I clicked and changed the color of one wrong box.

You can see it by Artie’s thumb there: That blue “Obama” box for Ohio under the Washington Post should, in fact, be under Larry Sabato. The Post originally had Ohio called for Obama but then moved it back to “tossup” late last week.

That was the only paper — of the 36 that used my graphic — in which I made that error. Sigh

On the east side of my hometown, the Greenwood Index-Journal — circulation 12,118 — ran my graphic today, sponsored by Papa John’s pizza. Here’s a very low resolution look at it:

I really had to scrunch the page vertically to make room for that ad. I did a similar thing for Casper, Wyo., but I’ve not yet seen how that one came out.

In addition, the Index-Journal ran a brief story about me today on page 2A, to explain that the big diagram on page 7A was, in fact, created by a guy with local origins.

I wonder how my sister feels about being in the paper today. Mom promised she’d tip Caroline off last night.

And my old Star Trek action figure-collecting buddy Chris Rei in Santa Clarita, Calif, sent me a picture of the nice skybox treatment the folks at the Los Angeles Daily News used to plug my graphic today.

Wow. Not bad at all.

In addition, my little piece received page-one love today by the Shelby, N.C., Star

…the Gastonia, N.C., Gaston Gazette

…and the aforementioned Augusta Chronicle.

Click on any of these for a larger view.

And while they didn’t use my graphic itself for the promo — it’s just a grid, after all, and not the most spectacular visual — the fine folks at the Herald of Everett, Wash., made a major deal of plugging my graphic atop page one today.

I feel like such a superstar today, guys. Knock it off.

OK, OK. Don’t knock it off. In fact, keep it up all you like…

Two papers — that I know of — posted PDF versions of my graphic. The Roanoke (Va.) Times posted the Sunday version and the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., posted today’s version. If you’re looking for readable versions of the project, feel free to pull one in from either of them.

Previous posts about this project…

Oct. 31: How to beef up your Election Day coverage

Nov. 2: More about my big Election preview graphic

Nov. 5: The final version of my election graphic runs tomorrow in 23 newspapers

The pages from the Greenwood Index-Journal are from that paper. The rest are from the Newseum. Of course.

‘Perfect’ baseball game. But a sameness to regional front pages.

Yet another perfect baseball game was thrown Wednesday. I was looking forward to posting front pages featuring creative displays and creative headlines.

No such luck. The four metros in Washington state that led A1 with baseball today ended up with front pages that looked very, very similar. Much to my disappointment.

They weren’t ugly. They just looked similar. Without taking the time to query editors at each paper, I don’t know if this is because of cutbacks in sending shooters to Mariners games or simply because of deadlines and such.

Left-to-right here are the Daily Herald of Everett, Wash. — circulation 46,481 — and the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash., circulation 69,161. Both led with the same picture by Ted S. Warren of the Associated Press. The Daily Herald, at least, ran a staff-written story. The Spokesman-Review used an AP story out front.


The News Tribune of Tacoma also used that same Ted Warren picture out front today. The lead column by John McGrath is about watching the perfect game from a sports bar. Where, he admits, he wandered into as the game was in progress.


Of these four, only the Seattle Times did not use that same AP photo as lead art. Instead, it used art by staff photographer Larry Stone Mark Harrison [sorry; Larry was the reporter]. Who, yes, tripped his shutter at exactly the same moment as did Ted Warren.

The victims of the perfect game were the Tampa Bay Rays — in fact, this was the third perfect game the Rays have suffered through in the past four years.

Still, the 299,497-circulation Tampa Bay Times gave the accomplishment the front-page space it deserved with a large picture by Getty Images that refers into coverage in sports.

And the Tampa Tribune, circulation 144,510? Don’t ask.

These front pages are all from the Newseum. Of course.

This is the fourth blog post I’ve written this year featuring baseball “perfect game” pages. The others:

  • April 22: A perfect headline for a perfect baseball game
  • April 22: How the Chicago Tribune played Saturday’s White Sox perfect game
  • June 14: Another ‘perfect’ baseball game but very few perfect front pages

Behind the Everett, Wash., Herald’s coverage of a visit by the president

Neal Pattison — executive editor of the 46,346-circulation Everett, Wash., Herald — wrote this evening to brag about his staff today.

As usual, his staff did brilliant work. Therefore, I’m only too happy to display it here.

Neal writes:

So, maybe the nation was wondering? Why did President Barack Obama visit Everett on Friday?

Because that is where Boeing makes its newest jet?

Or because he knew The Herald photo and design staff would do such an impressive job with the event.

Here’s today’s front page. Click for a larger view:

The story spilled onto three open pages inside, including pages A4 and A5 here.


But, Neal continues:

The newspaper decided midday to open up an inside page in the Saturday paper and create a poster (also available for resale — we have a lot of proud Boeing employees in our readership).

Asst. Features Editor Sally Birks had the poster idea. Photo Editor Justin Best and Designer Katie Mayer made it happen.

Here’s that poster, which ran on page A6, turned sideways. Again, click for a much larger look:

Neal writes:

The photos were shot by Dan Bates, Mark Mulligan, Mike O’Leary and Sarah Weiser. (Mulligan tethered his camera to a laptop and was shooting and sending at the same time from the tarmac, for use on our website,

And Jim Davis, Scott North and Robert Frank on the city desk made sure there was ample planning for the coverage — something that always improves the staff’s chances of success — including the Herald‘s Boeing reporter, Michelle Dunlop, who doubled as the pool reporter for the event.

Find a gallery of pictures here. Read Michelle’s story here.

Here’s a closer look at page A4…

…and page A5.

At the bottom of A5, there, you can see a column by Jerry Cornfield.

In addition, Neal sends along this picture of…

Herald photographer Dan Bates, just before the Secret Service hauled him away.

(Actually just mugging after the action was over.)

Find the Herald‘s online coverage of the president’s visit here.

Other outstanding examples of small papers covering a visit by the president:

March 4, 2010: Savannah (Ga.) Morning News

March 26, 2010: University of Iowa Daily Iowan

Aug. 19, 2011: Galesburg, Ill., Register-Mail

Here’s an interesting Thanksgiving idea: Staging a virtual food fight

Let’s run down the usual list of Thanksgiving treatment ideas, shall we?

  • Thanksgiving dinner recipes
  • Tips on how not to argue with your political-minded uncle
  • Shopping advice for Black Friday
  • This year’s hard-to-find toys
  • Traffic reports for Wednesday or Thursday
  • Treat your Thanksgiving menu as if it were a March Madness bracket

Whoa! What was that last one?

Yep, the Daily Herald of Everett, Wash., turned Thanksgiving into a huge food fight on its features front today.

Click this for a much larger view:

This works just like any other sports tournament bracket. Between each choice, pick the one you prefer. Do you like roast turkey or would you like to try elk? If you were given a choice of trying turducken or tofurky, which would you choose?

The bracket is there, really, to stir up interest in the web poll. Go there — right now, in fact; we’ll be here when you get back — and vote for your preferences between each pairing.

Naturally, you can also check out the results to see who’s winning in each category.

Wow. Baked ham is just smoking venison. Um, so to speak.

Editor Neal Pattison tells me:

Feel free to vote your own preferences … although McDonald’s is not represented.

This first round of voting runs though Thursday. Winners of the first round of online voting will advance to the second round, Friday through Monday. The the sweet 16 round runs Nov. 15 and 16.

Winners in each of the four main categories will be determined Nov. 18. The grand-champion of the Thanksgiving food fight will decided by Thanksgiving Day.

Neal tells us who was responsible for this project:

Justin Best: Photo editor and father of the concept

Doug Parry: Web monkey and co-conspirator

Robert Kelton: Illustrator with strange ideas about turkeys

Melanie Munk: Feature editor and food maven

Katie Mayer: Designer who did print page and some of the bracket design

And speaking of Bob, let’s take a closer look at the fun photoillustrations he created for use in both print and online. He carried the basketball tournament theme by including towels, shorts and cute little Chuck Taylors.

Note the sweat band on the French bread, the peas-for-eyes in the mashed potatoes. And the gravy boat that’s this close to becoming slightly incontinent.

The Brussels sprouts here remind me of Harry Potter. And I just love the idea of using corn holders this way. I’ll try this next time I’m offered corn-on-the-cob.

And the desserts. Man, the gingerbread man reminds me of the Shrek movies.

The Daily Herald plugged the treatment across its skybox this morning.

Find the paper’s online food fight voting here.

Average daily circulation for the Daily Herald is 48,458.