Pages that jumped out at me during my morning spin through the Newseum…
RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY…
While we here in the South are begging for rain, folks up in Wisconsin seem to have a lot more than they need (click either for a larger view):
On the left is the Post-Crescent of Appleton, Wis., circulation 52,605. The lead photo is by staffer Dan Powers. On the right is the Northwestern of Oshkosh, circulation 20,140. The lead photo is by staffer Shu-Ling Zhou.
But what really caught my eye today was this unusual and interesting treatment by the Green Bay Press-Gazette, circulation 55,987:
The designer was Eric Ebert, who tells us:
We originally had a different centerpiece set to run in Friday’s paper, but we got word around 4 p.m. that the record was broken. At the time, the rain was wrapping up and it was up in the air whether we could get art, so I immediately started working on an illustration, with the idea that any art — good or bad — could supplement the illustration. The art eventually fell through, but I felt the illustration was strong enough to hold the page.
To be honest, the sale wasn’t difficult. We had already held our afternoon news meeting, so it was more of an on-the-fly substitution. It helped that the metro and desk editors liked the idea, though.
Speaking of weather, wasn’t this a great way to show the forecast path of Tropical Storm Bonnie in the Gulf of Mexico?
That beats the visual snot out of the standard map. You can’t go with a satellite map every time. But they’re great to work with from time to time. Click this one for a larger view:
The paper is the News Journal of Pensacola, Fla., circulation 65,360. The artist is veteran visual journalist Ron Stallcup. I love the way Ron tosses in an extra note about the system over mainland Mexico.
BEST USE OF A FILE PHOTO
I saw this page, loved it and decided to put it into the blog. But then I was disappointed when I found the lead photo was “only” file art from the Associated Press:
But then, I reconsidered. I mean, how different can smog look in the skyline of Los Angeles? Because the photo is so cool and the use of it is dynamite, into the blog the page goes.
The paper is the Orange County Register, circulation 236,770. The designer was Sam Milbee.
DUMBASSES OF THE DAY
And I don’t mean the designers, who are awesome. I mean the subject matter of the cover stories.
First up are the paperpushing administrators of the state of Florida, who want to spend all sorts of money making the lifeguard stations there handicapped-accessible:
“Sort of Stupid,” indeed. Read the story here.
That the Tampa Bay Times, the free tabloid published by the St. Petersburg Times. Average daily distribution for TBT is about 370,000.
The picture, in case you’re interested, is from iStock photo. With that white sand and that azure blue water, it sure looks like Clearwater, though.
Our second dumbass of the day is this woman in Chicago who’s going to jail for 18 months. Because she struck and killed a motorcyclist.
Because she — not the motorcyclist — was doing her nails while driving:
The paper, of course, is the Chicago Sun-Times, circulation 268,803. The photo is by Times staffer Michael Schmidt. Find the story here.