The three best 9/11 anniversary front pages ever

Today is what I call an “odd-year” anniversary — rather than the 5th or 10th or 20th, this is the 13th — of the horrific terrorist attacks of 9/11.

A handful of papers did large front-page displays today. The best I saw was this one by the Villages Daily Sun of Florida:

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That page was designed by senior designer Adam Rogers. The image is from the Newseum. Of course.

If you’d like to see more, Poynter’s Kristen Hare compiled a roundup of 9/11 anniversary pages. Find those here.

Three years ago, many of the nation’s newspapers went all-out observing the tenth anniversary of 9/11. I thought I’d observe the day by showing you two of those plus an earlier anniversary page.


ANDREA LEVY
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Andrea created what I called “the most stunning 9/11 image” of the day on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with this illustration for a special section cover.

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Andrea told me that day:

The editors at the paper told me a while ago that I would be doing this cover. So I had been carrying it around in my head. I knew it was going to be practically impossible for one image to say enough.

Finally, I decided to just make an image that expressed how I felt and hope others could relate. I tried hard to make something that didn’t exclude others in the world, even though it is an American tragedy.

The editors had me write some words to accompany the art. The whole experience was just a terrific opportunity.

Here are those words, that also ran in the section:

I made many drawings for this, but in the end, I was left with no flags, no planes, no buildings. Just the human toll.

This image is at once a plea, a scream, an admonition. It is loss of innocence. But it is also conviction. Conviction that we will reach past this and any other tragedy.


TIFFANY PEASE, ALEX FONG and JAMI SMITH
San Jose Mercury News

This one, too, published on the tenth anniversary.

Initially, I was a bit confused by this cover: Words? What th’…

But then I downloaded the PDF and took a closer look. Boom — the next 20 minutes instantly disappeared. This page really sucked me in. But I had to actually read it to “get” it.

So please click on this and check out the readable version:

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This wrapped around the Merc — in fact, it wrapped around all three of the Bay Area News Group papers that day.

Design director Tiffany Pease told me:

The story is really amazing.

Our reporter, Julia Prodis Sulek, was given access to voicemails left for Flight 93 passenger Mark Bingham as the events of 9/11 were unfolding. The cover is the transcript of those voicemails, which were provided by Bingham’s mom (the hands at the top).

The page was designed by Tiffany, deputy design director Alex Fong — whose birthday happens to be on 9/11— and picture editor Jami Smith.

The entire story is still posted on the Merc‘s web site. Find that here.


SAM HUNDLEY
Virginian-Pilot

Unlike those first two pages, this one ran on the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

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That won a gold award from the Society for News Design.

I wrote about this page at the time, but that blog post is long gone. Instead, let’s take a look at what Sam wrote on his portfolio web site about this page…

While trying to come up with an idea for the front page of The Virginian-Pilot on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, I sketched out four vertical lines with a diagonal line crossing through them, showing “5″ – and it dawned on me that there was something there, something important, but I didn’t know what. I remember that as I looked at the sketch, I actually heard a voice, rising up from my subconscious, screaming at me from within, “It’s the Twin Towers! And a plane!”

I was mortified. I felt that “thud” in my heart, as if all the horror of that day was happening again, for the first time.

If possible, I wanted other people to feel that way when they looked at this front page.

It continues to amaze me that Denis Finley, the editor of The V-P, and Deb Withey, then Director of Presentation, got behind this very subjective graphic image and cleared everything else off the front. They put a lot of faith in the readers to make that leap. Underneath the image, in small type are the words, “The World Trade Center | 2,749 killed.”

It was controversial, to be sure, and I’ll never know what percentage of readers saw the double image. But I hope a majority did…

I was graphics editor at the Pilot when this page ran. I had nothing at all to do with this page. But I can vouch for what Sam said: The first time I saw a proof of it, I felt the air suck out of my body — as if I had been punched in the stomach. The page just seemed so… perfect.

There was a bit of discussion on how to render the five lines. Sam tried several. In the end, it was decided the spontaneity of Sam’s original sketch worked best. So that’s what they went with.

The second thing that stunned me about this page: There’s no nameplate. Just a tiny folio line across the top. This was the first time I had ever seen anyone do this.

What a page by Sam. What boldness by Denis and Deb.

What a result.


FOR FURTHER READING

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Also…

  • Go here to see the Newseum‘s collection of pages from the day after 9/11
  • Go here to see the Newseum‘s collection of tenth anniversary pages from Sept. 11, 2011.

How Bay-area papers played yesterday’s plane crash on page one

It’s difficult to call yesterday’s jetliner crash in San Francisco “horrific,” since all but two on board survived. Still, as much as I’ve flown over the past few years, I certainly was riveted to my iPhone reading about it yesterday.

I became a bit annoyed, though, with all the folks bragging about how twitter was kicking the news media’s ass. Sure, passengers onboard and at the airport took cellcam photos and tweeted those pictures for us all to see. Those pictures were everywhere before TV and newspapers could even arrive at the scene.

But actual news — what happened, how some passengers ended up in the water, and that two died — didn’t come out until professional journalists became involved. Yes, “citizen journalists” are valuable when something like this happens. But there’s no substitute for professionals.

Here’s a look at how Bay area papers displayed the crash today on page one…

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

This great aerial picture of the burned out Boeing 777 where it came to rest just off the runway is by Chronicle staffer Carlos Avila Gonzalez.

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In addition, note the nice diagram built atop an aerial photo of the airport. The graphic is by staffer John Blanchard.

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The most recent Chronicle story identifies the two passengers who died: Both were 16-year-old girls.

Here’s an interesting sidebar: A similar incident in 1968 involving a Japan Air Lines DC-8. No passengers were killed in that crash.

Find all the Chronicle‘s coverage here.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

The Bay Area News Group papers led today with a picture taken from the ground and from further way, but not long after the accident happened. So there’s plenty of smoke still pouring from the wreckage.

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The picture is by staffer John Green. The diagram is by graphics editor Karl Kahler.

The Oakland Tribune, of course, had a new-identical design today.

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Average daily circulation for the Tribune is 52,459.

The third Bay Area News Group paper, the 67,464-circulation Contra Costa Times, didn’t show up in the Newseum today.

Find the BANG coverage here.

These pages are from the Newseum. Of course.

A look at Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling front pages

I got up very early Thursday in order to build you a nice collection of Supreme Court decision front pages. But then I ran into another series of technical glitches: I couldn’t upload images to my blog.

I managed to upload the pages last night, but it literally took me hours to do what should have taken five minutes.

So, a day late, here’s a look at some of the day’s notable Same-sex marriage front pages…

Many of Thursday’s front pages did a great job of showing the emotion involved in earning the right to marry, shown on the faces of the nation’s gay and lesbian folks in D.C. and around the country.

JOURNAL & COURIER

Lafayette, Ind.

Circulation: 25,531

The Associated Press picture on the front of Lafayette shows plenty of emotion. And that’s good.

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That headline, however, was fairly typical in that it suggested a win for gay marriage in both decisions announced Wednesday.

However, as you might know, that really wasn’t the case. Sure enough, the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down. But California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage in the state of California was less than a perfect victor for gay marriage supporters. That case was essentially dismissed on a technicality. So that wasn’t actually a victory for supporters of gay marriage. In fact, as a result, we’ll continue to see these legal battles go on at the state level. It’s only because California currently has supporters of gay marriage in office at the moment that Prop 8 will be pursued no further.

So in effect, Wednesday might have been a ” win-win” for supporters of gay marriage. But not in fact. The struggle is far from over for gay and lesbian folks throughout the country.

VIRGINIAN-PILOT

Norfolk, Va.

Circulation: 142,476

We see the same afront the Virginian-Pilot. The Pilot picked a photo that I didn’t seen anyone else use — one just dripping with emotion.

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And while the main head refers to “two victories,” note how the deck on the Prop 8 story makes it clear that gay marriage is not coming to the notoriously red state of Virginia.

The photo is by Mark Wilson of Getty images.

DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

Rochester, N.Y.

Circulation: 114,502

The Rochester paper went with a quote headline: “Equal in every way.”

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But again, that’s only in the eyes of the federal government. Gays are not equal in every way from state to state. And that’s from where the court says decisions on marriage licenses must come.

The photo by Charles Dharapak of the Associated Press is of the same couple you saw on the front of the Virginian-Pilot.

JOURNAL NEWS

White Plains, N.Y.

Circulation: 72,764

Possibly the most spectacular front page of the day was this rainbow banner-waving gentleman on the front of Gannett’s New York-based papers.

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I’m a little baffled about where the picture came from, however. It’s credited to J. Scott Applewhite of the Associated Press in the White Plains paper, above, but to Getty images in the Binghamton, Elmira and Ithaca papers, below.

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From left to right:

  • Binghamton, N.Y., Press & Sun-Bulletin, circulation 34,311
  • Elmira, N.Y., Star-Gazette, circulation 15,172
  • Ithaca, N.Y., Journal, circulation 9,668

DES MOINES REGISTER

Des Moines, Iowa

Circulation: 101,915

In Iowa — which has seen its fair share of legal battles for gay marriage — The state’s capital city paper managed a nice pun in the main headline.

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Banner day? And the man in front of the state capitol is holding a banner? Hey, I never got away with puns like that when I worked at the Register.

The banner picture is by staffer Bryon Houlgrave.

PRESS-CITIZEN

Iowa City, Iowa

Circulation: 12,130

The paper in Iowa City also built page one around a local person waving a banner, but minus the pun head.

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In particular, I like the way the Press-Citizen broke up the issue into two decks. Notice the one on the right. The Press-Citizen got it right here, which delights me.

That great picture is by staffer David Scrivner.

CHICAGO TABLOIDS

Chicago, Ill.

But nowhere is the divided nature of Wednesday’s ruling more apparent than on the front pages of Chicago’s two tabloid newspaeprs.

RedEye takes note of the celebrations to come during the upcoming gay pride celebrations…

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while the Sun-Times focuses on the fact that neither ruling will help gays or lesbians in Chicago.

The couple on the front of RedEye was photographed in Chicago’s “boystown” district by Tribune staffer Anthony Souffle. The Sun-Times also used a picture from the northside, but from Charles Rex Arbogast of the Associated Press.

Average free daily distribution for RedEye is about 250,000. The Sun-Times circulates about 184,801 papers daily.

QUAD-CITY TIMES

Davenport, Iowa

Circulation: 46,824

In Davenport, too, the Quad-City Times went with local celebration art. This picture is by staffer John Schultz.

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But look at the headline: Sets the state for fights at the state level. Yep. Less of a grabber headline. But more accurate — especially for folks in the Midwest.

COURIER-POST

Camden, N.J.

Circulation: 46,547

However, I had to admire this front by yet another Northeastern Gannett paper. Sure, some of these states — in this case, New Jersey — might not gain gay marriage with Wednesday’s decision. But it’s just a matte of time.

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The picture is from the Associated Press.

Now, let’s turn our focus to California, which did indeed gain — or, perhaps, I should say regain — gay marriage with Wednesday’s decision. The governor said Wednesday he’d honor the lower court’s earlier smackdown of Proposition 8 and have officials issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples as soon as the legal paperwork goes through on a court-ordered temporary stay. It should take about a month, he said.

LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER GROUP

Los Angeles, Calif.

So with gay marriage in fact the new law of the land, California papers have a bit more leeway to refer to things like weddings and marches. The L.A. Daily News did well with this great headline and a celebration shot by staffer Hans Gutknecht.

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That’s the L.A. Daily News, of course, circulation 94,016.

That same design played out across many of the group’s front pages Thursday. From left:

  • Long Beach Press-Telegram, circulation 82,556
  • Torrance Daily Breeze, circulation 15,000

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  • Pasadena Star-News, circulation 24,778
  • Covina San Gabriel Valley Tribune, circulation 59,989
  • Whittier Daily News, circulation 14,691

The group’s San Bernadino Sun opted for a different photo, by staffer Will Lester

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…as did the Daily Facts of Redlands (circulation 6,607) and the Inland Daily Bulletin of Ontario (circulation 61,699).

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BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

Walnut Creek, Calif.

Up in the Bay area, the couple in the left of this lead photo look happy, but not so much for the rest of the folks in the background.

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The picture is by staffer Jane Tyska.

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On the left is the Oakland Tribune, circulation 52,459. On the right is the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek, circulation 67,464.

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Circulation: 25,000

The Santa Cruz paper led with a picture of a man waving a hybrid rainbow banner + U.S. flag.

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The picture is by staffer Kevin Johnson.

U-T SAN DIEGO

San Diego, Calif.

Circulation: 230,742

The San Diego paper found a massive street parade going on in the wake of the announcement. Which, naturally, made for great A1 art.

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The fabulous photo is by staffer K.C. Alfred.

The paper loses points, however, for its display type. When is the last time you’ve seen the word “bolster” used outside of a headline?

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Los Angeles, Calif.

Circulation: 616,575

The Times, as you might expect, covered a lot of bases on page one. The headline was plain and simple. The lead art focused on which justice voted which way.

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And a great celebration picture by staffer Al Seib played well downpage.

Particularly nice is the headline on the sidebar about the losing side:

A movement swept aside

Prop. 8 backers go from jubilant to marginalized in five years

Nicely done.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Santa Ana, Calif.

Circulation: 280,812

The best headline of the day, however, was by my colleagues one desk over at the Orange County Register.

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You gotta love that. I’m told the Register‘s D.C. bureau chief, Cathy Taylor — who worked a very long day Wednesday — came up with that particular bit of genius.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

There was a bit of rumbling yesterday on social media: How come the San Francisco Chronicle didn’t have a word about Prop 8 or DOMA on the front of Thursday’s newspaper?

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Whenever you see something like that, you can bet there is some sort of wrap involved.

Sure enough, assistant managing editor for presentation Frank Mina tells us there was a wrap: An entire 12-page special section wrapped around Thursday’s Chronicle.

And what a glorious section it is. Click on any of these pages for a much larger — hopefully, readable — view.

Page one includes the banner headline everyone expected to see from the paper at Ground Zero of the fight for gay marriage rights.

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The picture by staffer Michael Macor is of two local men who were plaintiffs in a case that went to the California Supreme Court several years ago. And, like most of the pictures in the section, it was shot live Wednesday for Thursday’s paper.

Page two (below, left) holds the jump of the main story. The picture of a man celebrating on the steps of the Supreme Court building in D.C. is by Pete Marovich of MCT.

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On page three is a sidebar about a local couple who hope to get married.

Across the top of those pages are quotes from the rulings themselves.

Across the tops of pages four and five are Q&A type factoids about the rulings.

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Page four focuses on the opponents of gay marriage and what they can do about the ruling. The picture of a preacher praying in front of the supreme court building is by Joshua Roberts of Bloomberg.

Page five addresses what may or may not happen now across the nation. The picture of two local men is by staffer Ian C. Bates.

Across the bottom is a column about the impact of the decision on personal finances.

The center spread is a picture page experience showing folks waiting for and reacting to the ruling.

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The biggest picture at upper right is by staffer Lacy Atkins.

Page eight (below, left) is a celebration story and illustrated with a picture by Carlos Avila Gonzalez. Like in Chicago, there was already a gay pride event scheduled for this weekend in San Francisco. I imagine that’ll be quite the party.

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The picture at the top of page nine (upper right) is the one I really wanted to see. That’s former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom. In 2004, he ordered city officials to fulfill requests for marriage licenses by gay and lesbian couples — pretty much in open defiance of state law at the time. That’s pretty much what started the ball rolling that resulted in Wednesday’s rulings.

Newsom, by the way, is now Lieutenant Governor.

The photo is by staffer Lea Suzuki.

Pages 10 and 11 are editorial pages. The paper supported gay marriage, not surprisingly. And note the editorial atop page 11: Despite Wednesday’s rulings, this is still a conservative court.

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In particular, I like the editorial cartoon by Tom Meyer.

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At the bottom left, note a story entitled “By any means necessary?” This addresses the decision made by the state government, several years ago, to not argue in favor of Proposition 8. This was a radical idea that eventually led directly to the technicality that caused that conservative court to not intervene. That was the real turning point of the case, as it turns out.

The back page, 12, holds a giant chronology of the entire Prop 8 case from the wedding licenses at the San Francisco City Hall to the Supreme Court rulings on Wednesday.

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Across the bottom of the back page is a a great column about a federal judge who heard the Prop 8 case in 2010 and ruled against it. He wasn’t surprised by Wednesday’s ruling, he says.

Not long after his decision, the judge retired. It was then that he revealed that he, himself, is gay. That led to supporters of Proposition 8 filing for appeal on the grounds that the judge shouldn’t have heard the case in the first place.

So this was yet another major figure in the history of Prop 8.

The San Francisco Chronicle pages are courtesy of Frank Mina. The rest are all from the Newseum. Of course.

Today’s NCAA Championship preview pages

We’re well into April now, and you know what that means: March Madness is nearly over.

Tonight, Michigan and Louisville play for the NCAA men’s basketball championship in Atlanta.

Here’s a look at today’s pages advancing the game…

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 232,696

The Free Press goes all-out once again with a spectacular photoillustration of the Wolverines — the Michigan team, not the superhero — by staffer Eric Millikin.

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Eric worked with images from Getty, USA Today and the Freep‘s own files.

Joe Cybulski designed the rest of that page.

Also in today’s paper was a “Big Dance” special section, featuring a cover designed by Ryan Ford.

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The press conference art is by Freep staffer Kirthmon F. Dozier.

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 113,508

The News today stripped the story atop its nameplate.

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The picture is by staffer John T. Grellick.

If anyone at the News would care to send me the special section cover, I’d be glad to add it this evening.

UPDATE – 9:15 p.m. PDT

Page one was designed by Antone Amye.

Here is Monday’s sports front.

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Presentation editor Rick Epps tells us:

I designed in and wrote the headline off a great photo from Daniel Mears.

COURIER-JOURNAL

Louisville, Ky.

Circulation: 154,033

The Louisville paper today wrapped a preview around the newspaper, so you didn’t see this today at the Newseum.

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The page was designed by Chris Dye, Jeff Patterson and Ryan Hildebrandt of the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville. The picture was file art.

One reason for the wrap: Louisville is two-times lucky this April: The Cardinals women also won last night, with a 64-57 come-from-behind win over California. So the Courier-Journal plastered that all over the regular front page.

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The picture is by staffer Scott Utterback.

The Louisville women will play UConn Tuesday for the women’s national championship.

HARTFORD COURANT

Hartford, Conn.

Circulation: 132,006

I haven’t been posting women’s tournament pages. But today’s were pretty decent. I love both the celebration photo and the headline afront today’s Hartford Courant.

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The picture was by Courant staffer Cloe Poisson.

CONNECTICUT POST

Bridgeport, Conn.

Circulation: 48,701

The Connecticut Post made good use of a Getty picture by Chris Graythen.

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RECORD-JOURNAL

Meriden, Conn.

Circulation: 16,708

The little paper in Meriden used a picture by Dave Martin of the Associated Press, shooting down from the catwalk on the opening tipoff.

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REPUBLICAN AMERICAN

Waterbury, Conn.

Circulation: 42,673

The paper in Waterbury also went with AP art today.

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THE DAY

New London, Conn.

Circulation: 32,779

And The Day of New London had staff art by Tim Martin, but…

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Look how little impact that art had compared to the three or four examples we just saw.

Hey, I’m all in favor of sending staffers to shoot postseason games. But you have to do more than just shoot it well — you have use it well, too. If you don’t, then you might as well just go with wire art.

In this case, the paper might have been better off to plan for vertical art which might have had more impact. Or knock one of those four stories off the front page. Perhaps the one across the bottom that promotes the paper’s own project.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

You don’t often see post-game pictures from a women’s locker room on page one. But that’s what the Merc ran today following Cal’s loss to Louisville.

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The picture is by staffer D. Ross Cameron. And as much as I like the photo, I just love the headline. Nicely done.

The Merc’s sister papers were nearly identically designed today.

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On the left is the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek, circulation 67,464. On the right is the Oakland Tribune, circulation 52,459.

SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

South Bend, Ind.

Circulation: 59,351

And in South Bend, the Tribune put the Irish women’s loss in the skybox today.

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That, too, didn’t turn out so well. A montage of images rarely works — especially in a confined space like that. Better to pick out one image and use it larger.

With the exception of the Free Press pages and the Louisville wrap, all these pages are from the Newseum. Of course.

Previous coverage of March (and April) Madness 2013, here in the blog…

  • March 18: A look at a few notable NCAA Tournament pages and sections
  • March 20: Five more fun March Madness pages for you
  • March 25: How the Fort Myers paper played last night’s huge win by Florida Gulf Coast University
  • March 26: More Florida Gulf Coast Univ. pages from the Fort Myers paper
  • March 29: Special editions are a slam-dunk today in ‘Dunk City,’ Florida
  • March 30: A look at Saturday’s March Madness pages
  • April 1: A look at Monday’s Final Four basketball tourney pages
  • April 7: A look at today’s Final Four pages

A look at today’s Super Bowl pages

Pictures of players holding aloft the Lombardi Trophy. Pictures of players walking off the field, nearly in tears. Headlines that allude to the 30-minute delay last night for a power failure.

Today’s Super Bowl pages contained quite a bit of sameness. The only thing that makes some of them stand out is attention to details like type placement or exquisite cropping. The business is in need of an infusion of imagination in its Super Bowl coverage.

This wasn’t the year that would happen, however.

BALTIMORE SUN

Baltimore, Md.

Circulation: 179,574

If you’re going to run a photo of the local team’s quarterback — and the game’s most valuable player — holding aloft the Lombardi trophy, then this is how you do it.

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A nice, tight crop. Careful placement of cover blurbs (and a little tint to increase contrast so they’d be readable. And slight interaction with the nameplate.

That was designed by the Sun‘s head of visuals Jay Judge. The picture is by staffer Gene Sweeney Jr.

Ditto for the front of today’s Super Bowl special section.

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The picture there is by staffer Lloyd Fox.

CARROLL COUNTY TIMES

Westminster, Md.

Circulation: 24,194

A poster front featuring the Super Bowl MVP, Joe Flacco: Great.

This particular photo in which people in the foreground partially obscure Flacco and the CBS announcer interviewing him: Not so much.

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The picture is by staffer Dylan Slagle.

COURIER-POST

Cherry Hill, N.J.

Circulation: 46,547

The Courier-Post — essentially, Flacco’s hometown paper — had to go to the wires to find a better shot to feature on page one. But, as you can see, it was the right call.

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That picture is by Matt Slocum of the Associated Press.

STAR-LEDGER

Newark, N.J.

Circulation: 278,940

And the Newark paper, too, celebrated the MVP from South Jersey on page one today.

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That picture is by Mike Ehrmann of Getty Images.

ASBURY PARK PRESS

Neptune, N.J.

Circulation: 98,032

The Asbury Park paper chose art of retiring linebacker Ray Lewis celebrating midfield immediately after the game.

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That’s yet another Getty image.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

The San Francisco Chronicle was one of the few papers today that showed restraint on page one by not writing its headline around the power failure.

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That wonderful photo of a very sad-looking Colin Kaepernick is a bit of an illusion. That’s not after the game. Chronicle staffer Carlos Avila Gonzalez shot that while the lights were recycling.

Meanwhile, just about everyone else in California, it seemed like, used “Lights Out” on the front page today…

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

Lead art for the Bay Area News Group papers today was staff art by Nhat V. Meyer of Vernon Davis stalking off the field while confetti pours from the roof of the Superdome.

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For the record, here are the Contra Costa and Oakland versions.

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THE RECORD

Stockton, Calif.

Circulation: 33,675

Stockton went with a similar picture of wide receiver A.A. Jenkins, shot by David Goldman of the Associated Press.

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SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Circulation: 25,000

Santa Cruz used a picture of Kaepernick — made by the Merc’s Nhat V. Meyer and distributed by MCT.

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DAILY JOURNAL

San Mateo, Calif.

Circulation: 14,800

San Mateo chose to build a montage of images around a larger picture of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

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The lesson to take away from this one: Montages rarely work. Better to pick a great photo and use it larger.

TIMES-PICAYUNE

New Orleans, La.

Circulation: 133,557

And in New Orleans, the Times-Picayune — which, as you know, no longer publishes on Monday — put out a special Super Bowl edition today, featuring local native Ed Reed of the Ravens hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.

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The picture is by staffer Brett Duke.

Everything here but the Baltimore pages is from the Newseum. Of course.

Previous Super Bowl LXVII blog posts:

  • Friday: A selection of Super Bowl pages from the Asbury Park Design Studio
  • Sunday: Super Bowl pages from around the country

Find more Super Bowl pages in SportsDesigner‘s Facebook gallery.

Super Bowl pages from around the country

On Friday, I posted a selection of Baltimore Ravens pages from Gannett’s Asbury Park Design Studio. Look for those here.

Today, let’s look at a few more Super Bowl advance pages from around the country…

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

On page one today, the Chronicle focused on fans: Parties both in the Bay area and in New Orleans celebrating the return of the 49ers to the Super Bowl and on longtime fans who’ve attended all six previous Super Bowl appearances.

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Frank Mina, deputy managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, sends along a handful of pages from the Super Bowl special section that inserted into this morning’s paper.

Frank tells us:

We had the opportunity to work with two great artists. Our cover illustration was created by Goni Montes and art directed by Chronicle art director Elizabeth Burr.

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The Chronicle took a historical-themed approach to that cover. In addition to coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Colin Kaepernick, you’ll also see figures from the 49ers’ glory years in the 1980s: Coach Bill Walsh, quarterback Steve Young and the legendary Joe Montana.

A few samples of Goni Montes’ work:

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Goni is based in Atlanta. Find his web site here.

Frank continues:

We also had a two-page graphic breaking down the 49ers winning season by Jeremy Yingling.

Click this one for an extra-large look:

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There’s so much going on in that game-by-game look at the year’s numbers that I hardly know where to begin. So make sure you check it out.

Frank tells us:

Jeremy has a company called Infojocks that specializes in sports posters, so it was a lot of fun to work with him on this project.

I first got to work with Jeremy when the Chronicle launched its 49ers Insider digital magazine at the beginning of the season. He’s a great talent and has an amazing knowledge of sports.

Frank also points out that I wrote about Jeremy’s work once before, although I didn’t have his name at the time. Jeremy created the “visual box score” that wrapped hits, and runs from the San Francisco Giants’ playoff game against the Tigers onto a circular timeline.

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Read more about that not far from the top of this blog post.

Frank writes:

We also put together some posters for the section as well. They were designed by Chronicle artist Steven Boyle.

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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

Walnut Creek, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

Today’s Mercury News took the historical angle on page one today: Can the 49ers match the great legacy of the team?

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Today’s sports front focuses on the standout players of both teams.

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And here is the cover of today’s special section, looking back over the 49ers five previous Super Bowl championships in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Thanks to the Bay Area News Group’s Chris Gotsill and Hedy Phillips for sending along those pages.

DAILY JOURNAL

San Mateo, Calif.

Circulation: 14,800

Not only did Julio Lara of the San Mateo paper create this cover for a four-page pull-out section in today’s paper, he also posted rough drafts and working versions in Facebook as he worked.

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Julio writes in his blog:

I had the idea of representing the Lombardi trophy that wasn’t quite San Francisco’s — and with a long history of success, getting back to the Super Bowl was like “filling a void” for the organization.

The last time the 49ers were in the Super Bowl, Julio points out, the Daily Journal didn’t even exist.

In addition to that cover illustration, Julio also created this graphic for inside. Again, click for a larger view.

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Find Julio’s blog here.

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Circulation: 25,000

The Santa Cruz paper used its front-page real estate to put emphasis on the area’s biggest 49ers fans.

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LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS

Los Angeles, Calif.

Circulation: 94,016

Are you tired of seeing the Lombardi trophy yet? It was lead art on the front of today’s Los Angeles Daily News, along with five things to watch — or not watch — for in today’s game.

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A fun excerpt:

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That same presentation played across the entire Los Angeles area newspaper group.

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BALTIMORE SUN

Baltimore, Md.

Circulation: 179,574

In Baltimore today, the emphasis was on how badly the Ravens want to win a Super Bowl ring to match the one the Ravens won in 2001.

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Today’s Sun also included a 16-page special section. The cover was a montage of Ravens players and the obligatory Lombardi trophy.

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Both today’s front page and the special section cover were designed by the Sun‘s head of visuals Jay Judge.

Jay tells us:

The double[truck] is pretty close to our standard pre-game double, though the illos are from our friends at MCT. We usually do drop outs there.

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Click on that for a larger look, of course.

CARROLL COUNTY TIMES

Westminster, Md.

Circulation: 24,194

The folks in Westminster, Md., put the emphasis today on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

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A little refer at the upper left of that page plugs four pages of coverage inside, including this look back at the Ravens’ 2012 season by Times staffer Amy Stem.

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I’ve love to see a larger copy of that. I’d be much obliged if anyone in Carroll County could send me a PDF.

COURIER-POST

Cherry Hill, N.J.

Circulation: 46,547

Again, we looked at a number of pages from this paper the other day. Check those out here.

Today, the Courier-Post saluted Ravens Joe Flacco and Bryan McKinnie, both of whom played high school football in South Jersey.

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They’re just two of 26 players from the area who have gone on to appear in the Super Bowl. The most famous so far, perhaps: Franco Harris, who was a standout running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s.

Read more about it here.

THE REPORTER

Fond du Lac, Wis.

Circulation: 10,186

It turns out that that Colin Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee and lived in Fond du Lac until he was age 4. Sean McKeown-Young of Gannett’s Des Moines Design Studio put together this composite illustration of Kaepernick for today’s front page.

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Sean tells us:

It is one of the oddest illustrations I’ve ever done.

I have been illo crazy this week.

He sure has. This is the third time in five days I’ve mentioned him here in the blog [See Jan. 30 here and Feb. 1 here]. If he doesn’t slow down, people are going to talk.

Find the story that goes along with that illustration here.

WORLD-HERALD

Omaha, Neb.

Circulation: 135,223

Jay St. Pierre of the Omaha World-Herald shares the back-page poster from today’s Super Bowl special section.

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Jay tells us:

We looked back at how Ray Lewis has evolved from someone Husker fans hated to someone they could respect by comparing his career numbers to other past great inside linebackers.

The good news is that the Raven in the back ground was a lot more subtle when it hit news print. Not sure why it was so prominent on this jpg.

See more of Jay’s work his NewsPageDesigner portfolio.

TIMES-PICAYUNE

New Orleans, La.

Circulation: 133,557

The host city newspaper, naturally, pulled out all the stops today.

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Not only are there 13 pages of coverage inside — and again, I’d love to see some of those pages — the Times-Picayune also lets readers know it’ll publish an extra edition on Monday.

VIRGINIAN-PILOT

Norfolk, Va.

Circulation: 142,476

Here’s one of the coolest Super Bowl treatments I think I’ve ever seen by Jack Kirby of Marvel Comics Wesley Watson of the Virginian-Pilot.

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That served as the cover of today’s Pilot sports section.

Wesley tells us:

It was created all on computer. No sketches.

I created mockup images of the two players from existing images…

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…and photos I took of myself. For instance, that’s Ray’s head on my body (I used warp tool to exaggerate proportions on both Ray’s face and my arms). So there is an early version with a Ray head and freckled arms that got a good laugh out of Margaret [Wesley’s girlfriend, as you’d probably guess].

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Once I stretched, warped, pushed and pulled I painted over them in Painter. I’m not a great painter, so I paint in the program and lower opacity on my paint layer to allow a hint of fabric and texture from the photo layer through.

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Then I moved them to Illustrator and digitally inked them and laid them into the comic layout. Last was Photoshop where I dirtied it all up and tore the edges and whatnot.

It sounds all linear, but I did this about a dozen times until I got what I wanted. A lot of times when I’m illustrating, I feel like a bad mechanic. If it’s not working, I just keep hammering the hell out of it until it takes shape.

Find Wesley’s NewsPageDesigner portfolio here.

BOSTON GLOBE

Boston, Mass.

Circulation: 225,482

And up in Boston — where the Patriots are sitting on their asses this weekend, shut out from the big game — the Globe found an inventive way of helping fans deal with the disappointment of being eliminated by the Ravens two weeks ago.

Globe designer Robert Davis explains via Facebook:

Today’s page offers a glimpse into an alternate universe.

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To illustrate David Filipov‘s story on the angst felt by a city used to a decade-long sports winning streak, I found a (rare) copy of the souvenir page that celebrated what should have been a 19-0 Patriots season in 2008. (We all know how that story ended.) I experimented with different ways of destroying that page, settling on shredding it. Et voila: A city’s dreams in tatters.

Online, Patrick Garvin assembled some other mockup pages from heartbreaker games and displayed them next to the actual pages from those events.

For example, here’s the post-Super Bowl front page that should have been last year…

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…and the one that did publish.

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Fun stuff. Find it here.

Pages from San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, Baltimore and Norfolk — and the unpublished pages from Boston — are from those papers. The rest are from the Newseum. Of course.

Six cool Friday front pages

Here are the six pages that caught my eye during my sweep through the daily archive at the Newseum

VICTORIA ADVOCATE

Victoria, Texas

Circulation: 26,531

As much as I love the little paper in Victoria, Texas — I’ve certainly written about it enough — the daily front pages often suffer from a bit of clutter.

That’s not the case today. Today’s front page features a downsized nameplate, a lead story that spills over into that nameplate and above and an unusually stacked headline.

The rest of the page is carefully structured. And the extra white space keeps everything in its place.

This page was designed by Luis Rendon. Designer Julie Zavala jokingly replied to my inquiry:

Don’t  write too much about our Luis; someone will try to steal him from us! Noooooo!!!

At least I think she was joking. Meanwhile, Advocate editor Chris Cobler tells me:

By the way, we recently promoted him to assistant presentation editor.

Despite the fact that Luis has been there only seven months.

Take note, everybody: This is how you build — and retain — a wonderful staff at a small newspaper.

LAS VEGAS SUN

Las Vegas, Nev.

Distribution: 220,619

A while back, I wrote a series of posts about text-only centerpiece design — something I’ve always heard called “a type attack.”

Today, we have another terrific example of one from the Las Vegas Sun.

How can you read that and not feel compelled to read the story?

What’s even better: The story is well worth your time. Find it here.

The page was designed by Megan Capinegro, I’m told.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

Chicago, Ill.

Circulation: 422,335

The “fiscal cliff” continues to be big news in papers around the country as Democrats and Republicans alike grope each other like a couple of teenagers as they attempt to find a mutually satisfactory resolution.

That’s my admittedly weak metaphor. The Sun-Times today took a much more direct approach for its front cover illustration of the story.

My only beef: There’s no credit here, nor is there a “photoillustration” label. Not that we really need one, I suppose. But it’s good practice to have one when, in fact, you run something that was built and not shot.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

The San Jose Mercury News today built its front page around a cartoon + infographic — the likes of which they do so well at the Bay Area News Group.

As you can see, there are really only two charts here: One standard bar and one stacked bar. The rest of the centerpiece consists of text blocks, a bullet list and the whimisical illustration by Doug Griswold and Karl Kahler.

Very nice. What’s not so nice, though, was the first of four sources cited: The Heritage Foundation is a conservative think-tank. Unless you’re building something to illustrate how the two political parties feel about an issue, I’d question using them as a source for a piece like this, just as I’d question finding MoveOn.org in the source line.

I say this despite the fact that I’ve combed the graphic looking for bias and can’t find any. So good job, Merc, for keeping the text and data here politically neutral. But still, it’s probably best not to use info from a source like this.

Before we, um, moveon, let’s tag the Merc‘s sister papers:

 

On the left is the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creet, circulation 67,464. On the right is the 52,459-circulation Oakland Tribune.

DENVER POST

Denver, Colo.

Circulation: 401,120

And the Denver Post, too, took on the topic of the “fiscal cliff” for its front-page centerpiece today.

The focus here was on just how the “cliff” — if it remains unresolved — will affect local folks. Small file photos are used as icons.

Here’s a closer look at the centerpiece — which, unfortunately, still isn’t readable here. Click on this ta time or two for one that you can read.

Director of newsroom operations Linda Shapley tells me the page was designed by…

Kristi Bellini with backup from design director Matt Swaney.

WASHINGTON POST

Washington, D.C.

Circulation: 507,615

And our final page for today is this one by the Washington Post

…mostly because of that amazing picture by staffer Linda Davidson of a bald eagle picking up lunch to go.

Man, I hope she doesn’t put that in the microwave. It’ll stink up the newsroom for the rest of the day.

These pages are all from the Newseum. Of course.

A look at today’s Twinkie apocalypse front pages

You’d think that Hostess bakeries announcing it would shut down in response to a strike was the end of the world or something, from the play it got Friday in the digital media and today on front pages around the country.

Come on. Twinkies will be back on shelves in no time. Someone will buy the Twinkie trademark.

Here’s a look at today’s Twinkie, Ho Ho and Wonder Bread front pages…

WYOMING TRIBUNE EAGLE

Cheyenne, Wyo.

Circulation: 14,267

This strikes me as a great way to play this story: Push the AP file art that everybody had to the skybox and pair it with a catchy headline.

HERALD NEWS

Fall River, Mass.

Circulation: 14,979

Many papers focused on the rush at local stores Friday morning as soon as the news broke. Some paired local pictures of shoppers or empty shelves with cute headlines. Some added an AP file photo of a pack of Twinkies.

The folks in Fall River, Mass., did all three.

The local picture is by staffer Marc Monroe Dion.

REPORTER-HERALD

Loveland, Colo.

Circulation: 15,494

The Loveland, Colo., paper reversed the story out of black for extra-strength visual impact.

The little pic — of a local man leaving a bakery empty-handed — is by staffer Craig Young.

DENVER POST

Denver, Colo.

Circulation: 401,120

Photographer Karl Gehring of the Denver Post found a worker at a Hostess bakery handout out boxes of products to folks standing in line…

…and downplayed the AP art, along with a helpful list of all the brands Hostess makes. The story wasn’t just about Twinkies, y’know.

CONNECTICUT POST

Bridgeport, Conn.

Circulation: 48,701

Photographer Cathy Zuraw found a shop that still had Hostess products on the shelves. For a few minutes, at least.

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 113,508

The shelves in Detroit were mostly empty.

That picture is by News staffer Tony Briscoe.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

The not-so-small woman on the left of this front-page photo — carrying bags full of Hostess snack products — seems ripe for a caption contest.

The picture is by Chronicle staffer Mike Kepka.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: 225,175

The Merc found a family buying snacks by the caseful.

Note the meaty fact box at lower right of that package. The photo is by staffer Laura A. Oda.

Naturally, the Mercury News‘ sister papers followed in suit.

 

On the left is the Oakland Tribune, circulation 52,459. On the right is the Contra Costa Times, circulation 67,464.

THE DAY

New London, Conn.

Circulation: 32,779

By now, you’re probably growing pretty tired of photos of folks buying up all the Hostess inventory. So how about a different twist? Sean D. Elliott of the Day of New London, Conn., came back with this terrific shot of Hostess lovers shooting souvenir photos of “Mr. Twinkie” on the side of a local store.

KENNEBEC JOURNAL

Augusta, Maine

Circulation: 10,792

And the Kennebec Journal of Augusta, Maine, featured a local shopper photographed by staffer Joe Phelan

…and paired that picture with a headline that mentioned the strike. Which brings me to my next group of pages.

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FOCUSING ON THE BUSINESS ANGLE

As you might can tell by my comments, I wasn’t too crazy about these front-page centerpieces that focused on the frenzy created by customers rushing to the store. However, I did like pages that kept the focus on who the real victims were: The hardworking employees of Hostess that suddenly found themselves without jobs.

TOWN TALK

Alexandria, La.

Circulation: 19,667

I think this was the page that disappointed me the most. The Alexandria paper played up the strike angle with its art, headline and deck.

Yet, news came out yesterday that while Hostess pleaded poverty to employees, it boosted executive salaries and tripled the pay of its CEO — even as it laid the groundwork for declaring bankruptcy and shutting its doors.

I’m not seeing those facts mentioned in any of the headlines here. I’m going to have to call bullshit on Alexandria for a very unbalanced report.

The AP photo of workers on the picket line in Maine is by Robert F. Bukaty of the Associated Press.

NEVADA APPEAL

Carson City, Nev.

Circulation: 12,000

The Carson City, Nev., paper focused on the local outlet that will close.

The picture is by staffer John Barrette.

RECORD-JOURNAL

Meriden, Conn.

Circulation: 16,708

The design here seems a little laid back, but I like the way the small paper in Meriden, Conn., focused on local workers.

The pictures are by staffer Dave Zajac.

CINCINNATI ENQUIRER

Cincinnati, Ohio

Circulation: 144,165

The Cincinnati paper built page one around a picture of local Hostess employees who may very well be saying goodbye for the last time.

The photo is by staffer Leigh Taylor.

NEWS & OBSERVER

Raleigh, N.C.

Circulation: 129,698

I like the focus here — courtesy of the News & Obsever‘s Chuck Liddy — on this bread plant in Rocky Mount, N.C.

This makes the point, I think, that it’s not just Twinkies and Ho Hos that are going away. It’s also Merita bread and a number of other products.

PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

Portland, Maine

Circulation: 47,326

With a phrase like “ovens to go cold,” the Press Herald may have struck the most evocative headline of the day.

The local pictures are by staffer Gregory Rec.

KANSAS CITY STAR

Kansas City, Mo.

Circulation: 200,365

This headline also strikes me as a grand way to tell the story.

President Barack Obama has his eye on that Twinkie.

THE LEDGER

Lakeland, Fla.

Circulation: 41,309

The paper in Lakeland, Fla., also focused on the business angle, pairing that with a closeup of Twinkies shot by staffer Calvin Knight at a local store that wasn’t sold out quite yet.

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TWO REALLY INTERESTING ANGLES

Now, these are important. So stay with me…

CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Circulation: 144,165

The paper in Chattanooga, the paper correctly used a bit of a qualifier in its deck — the company blamed the strike for the layoffs.

Even better, the Times Free Press found a great sidebar in a local bakery that’s going to increase production of snack foods.

How come no one else put a story like this out on page one?

The pictures were handout art from the respective companies.

DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

Rochester, N.Y.

Circulation: 114,502

And the paper in Rochester, N.Y., pushed inside all its news about Hostess and any local run on Twinkies. Instead, the front-page centerpiece focuses on a local joint what sells their own version of the same treat.

The pictures of high-class Twinkies on a plate are by staffer Calvin Knight.

Nicely done.

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HAVING SOME FUN WITH THE STORY

And, of course, lots of papers elected to simply have some fun. Given how overblown the story seemed to be — the company pleading poverty while handing out raises to its executives, the frenzy at local stores, Twinkies and Ho Hos selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay — this might have been the best approach of all.

WICHITA EAGLE

Wichita, Kan.

Circulation: 67,250

“That’s the way the cookie crumbles,” says the Wichita paper.

The photos of folks buying out a local shop are by staffer Bo Rader.

AKRON BEACON JOURNAL

Akron, Ohio

Circulation: 88,040

The Akron paper found a headline that played off the idea of a full belly.

Notice the column that also ran on the front.

The photo of local shoppers is by Phil Masturzo.

THE STATE

Columbia, S.C.

Circulation: 70,980

The folks in South Carolina couldn’t resist a Ho Ho pun…

…despite the lead art being that AP picture of Twinkies.

MORNING CALL

Allentown, Pa.

Circulation: 100,196

The editors in Allentown, Pa., showed a particularly wicked sense of genius by invoking the day’s other hot story, the opening of the new Twilight movie.

Instead of AP art of a Twinkie, Allentown shelled out the extra bucks for Getty art. Now, that’s classy.

DAILY NEWS

Los Angeles, Calif.

Circulation: 82,556

My friends at the L.A. Daily News gave me my biggest belly laugh of the day with this headline.

Note the same Getty art that Allentown used.

Naturally, the Daily News‘ sister papers used the same centerpiece.

 

On the left is the Press-Telegram of Long Beach, circulation 82,556. On the right is the Daily Breeze of Torrance, circulation 75,352.

TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH

Tyler, Texas

Circulation: 26,155

The folks in Tyler, Texas, had exactly the same idea, but went with the AP broken Twinkie photo.

JOURNAL & COURIER

Lafayette, Ind.

Circulation: 25,531

But the day’s funniest intentionally overblown Twinkie obit coverage was this illustrated headstone afront the Journal & Courier of Lafayette, Ind.

Pure genius. If the creator of this centerpiece would please identify him or herself, I’d be much obliged.

UPDATE: Saturday, 10:30 p.m.

I’m told the designer was Spencer Holladay. Genius indeed.

All of these front pages are from the Newseum. Of course.

Monday’s World Series pages

Here’s a look at today’s World Series pages…

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 4, DETROIT TIGERS 3

Giants win the series, 4-0

This series was an avalanche from the get-go. True, last night’s Game Four went into extra innings. But the worst that could happen — from the Giants’ point of view — was that the Tigers might force a Game Five. The Giants gave up two home runs last night, but it wasn’t enough. Giants in four; see ya in April.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

Just about everyone today ran celebration shots of catcher Buster Posey giving reliever Sergio Romo a huge bear hug and other players rushing to join in. The large picture on the front of today’s Chronicle was by staffer Lance Iversen.

Thanks to assistant managing editor Frank Mina for sending that page to us.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

The picture on the front of today’s Merc was taken just a few moments later by staffer Gary Reyes.

The page was designed by Scott Swyres. Thanks to Ron Kitagawa for sending along that page.

 

On the left is the Oakland Tribune (circulation 52,459); on the right is the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek (circulation 67,464).

I particularly like the version that ran on the front of the Merc‘s sports front. You see Posey running to the mount to greet Romo, but you can also see the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera — who struck out looking for the final out — walking away in disgust.

The picture is by Getty’s Leon Halip. Thanks to Ryan Lambert for shipping that page to us.

EXAMINER

San Francisco, Calif.

Distribution: 200,000

The Examiner‘s front-page picture was very similar to that on the front of the Bay Area News Group papers.

The picture is by Paul Kitagaki Jr. of the Sacramento Bee.

PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa, Calif.

Circulation: 56,003

The Santa Rosa paper went with a poster treatment, pairing a great shot by Julian H. Gonzalez of the Detroit Free Press with a great headline.

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Circulation: 25,000

Santa Cruz chose a photo of Romo by Reuters’ Mike Cassese.

THE RECORD

Stockton, Calif.

Circulation: 33,675

The Stockton paper dropped its usual skybox treatment for the series and went with a poster treatment today.

The picture is by Patrick Semansky of the Associated Press.

DAILY POST

Palo Alto, Calif.

Circulation: N/A

The tabloid in Palo Alto chose an AP photo of the Giants celebration on the field.

DAILY JOURNAL

San Mateo, Calif.

Circulation: 14,800

This treatment afront the San Mateo paper makes it look as if Romo is shouting the headline.

The picture is from Reuters.

THE TRIBUNE

San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Circulation: 33,980

The San Luis Obispo paper put the celebration into a skybox today that interacted with its nameplate.

THE CALIFORNIAN

Salinas, Calif.

Circulation: 9,355

The paper in Salinas focused on fans at a local nightspot.

The pictures are by staffer Jay Dunn.

SACRAMENTO BEE

Sacramento, Calif.

Circulation: 196,667

The paper in California’s state capital chose a staff picture by Paul Kitagaki Jr…

…but not the same frame used by the Examiner.

MODESTO BEE

Modesto, Calif.

Circulation: 59,783

Modesto went with a poster treatment today.

The picture wasn’t credited.

FRESNO BEE

Fresno, Calif.

Circulation: 107,501

And the AP celebration shot chosen by Fresno featured Ryan Theriot — who scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning — just beneath the word “rule.”

THE CALIFORNIAN

Bakersfield, Calif.

Circulation: 42,374

Bakersfield used a picture from Zuma Press.

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Los Angeles, Calif.

Circulation: 616,575

And even the Los Angeles Times ran the Giants’ win at the top of page one today.

The picture is by Christian Peterson of Getty Images.

Meanwhile, in Michigan…

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 232,696

The word “glum” just doesn’t do enough justice to the expression on Justin Verlander‘s face here.

What a fabulous shot by Julian H. Gonzalez. The page was designed by Steve Anderson.

Today’s Tigers front was designed by Ryan Ford, who also sent these pages to us.

And, speaking of Ryan, take note of this one last World Series-themed “gizmo”:

Those are the teams that have won the series in extra innings. click for a readable view.

And, for good measure, here is today’s Lions’ front, designed by Jeff Tarsha and featuring a photo by Carlos Osorio of the Associated Press.

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 113,508

The best photo of the day, perhaps, is this one by Detroit News staffer Robin Buckson. This was just after Miguel Cabrera struck out. Buster Posey has sprung to his feet and is on his way out to the mound to meet Romo.

But check out the shellshocked expression on Cabrera’s face. That kind of sums up the entire series this year: Wha’ happened?

That page was designed by Antone Amye while Rick Epps designed today’s Tigers’ front.

The picture there is another one by Robin Buckson.

And today’s Lions front was designed by Amelia Eramya. The lead photo is by staffer David Mears.

Rick tells us:

With the Lions and Tigers on the same day, Amelia and I designed 17 pages of sports!

The Tigers gave us some great memories for sure, but in the end, it’s that empty feeling, just like ’06. We’ll take a breath for, oh, 12 hours, then switch our focus to Election Night.

GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Circulation: 68,865

Michigan’s Advance papers went with the simple headline — Swept — and AP photos of disappointed Tigers players. This one is of Jhonny Peralta after a strikeout.

Meanwhile, Kalamazoo and Muskegon went with a picture of Quintin Berry after he grounded out in the 5th.

 

On the left is the Kalamazoo Gazette, circulation 27,994. On the right is the 18,177-circualtion Muskegon Chronicle.

The pages from the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News, the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle are from those newspapers. The rest are from the Newseum. Of course.

Previous coverage of the 2012 baseball postseason, here in the blog…

Sunday’s World Series pages

Here’s a look at today’s World Series pages…

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 2, DETROIT TIGERS 0

Giants lead the series, 3-0

Next game: Sunday at Detroit, 8 p.m., FOX

New venue, same old story: The Detroit Tigers are looking every bit as offensively impotent as did the Yankees in the ALCS. The Giants have now shut out the Tigers twice in a row — the first time since 1966 that’s happened in the World Series. If Detroit can’t reverse the trend tonight, the series will be a complete sweep.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

Plastered across six columns of today’s Chronicle: Catcher Buster Posey giving closer Sergio Romo a hug after the final out last night.

That picture is by staffer Carlos Avila Gonzalez.

EXAMINER

San Francisco, Calif.

Distribution: 200,000

The Examiner today chose a shot of last night’s starter, Ryan Vogelsong, who threw nearly six innings.

The picture is by Doug Pensinger of Getty Images.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

The Merc built its front today around a nice celebration shot by Mark Blinch of Reuters.

On the front of sports: Staffer Gary Reyes‘ shot of Sergio Romo.

Thanks to designer Ryan Lambert for sending along that page.

PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa, Calif.

Circulation: 56,003

The Santa Rosa paper led today with a picture of Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera breaking his bat in the eight inning. Which is a great metaphor for this entire series.

The picture is by Charlie Riedel of the Associated Press.

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Circulation: 25,000

Santa Cruz chose a shot of Posey and Romo after the latter struck out the last batter of the game.

The picture is by Jim Young of Reuters.

THE RECORD

Stockton, Calif.

Circulation: 33,675

And Stockton added to its great string of skybox promos today.

That is Romo. The picture is by David J. Phillip of the Associated Press.

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 232,696

In Detroit, the Free Press‘ disappointment didn’t affect the paper’s ability to come up with clever headlines.

The picture of Cabrera — just after he popped up with the bases loaded in the fifth inning — was by staffer Julian H. Gonzalez. The page was designed by Jason Karas.

Lead art afront today’s Tigers front is Julian’s picture of Quintin Berry, striking out in the fifth.

The designer, of course, was Ryan Ford. Ryan also contributed this “gizmo” suggesting the Tigers’ chances aren’t so great.

Note the vintage 1910 Cubs logo.

And, of course, there was college football going on Saturday as well. For good measure, here’s how the Freep played the big Nebraska win over Michigan.

The photo is by Bruce Thorson of US Presswire. The page was designed by Jeff Tarsha.

The pages from Detroit and San Jose are from those newspapers. The rest are from the Newseum. Of course.

Previous coverage of the 2012 baseball postseason, here in the blog…

Saturday’s World Series pages

Tonight, the series picks up again after a one-day travel break.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at DETROIT TIGERS

8 p.m., FOX

Giants lead the series, 2-0

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 232,696

Today, the Free Press devoted its entire front to a full-page ode to the Tigers’ return to Detroit. Featured is another outstanding illustration by Eric Millikin.

This is the second illustrated front page for Eric in four days. He also illustrated Wednesday’s front, the day the series opened in San Francisco.

 

Find more of Eric’s work here.

Today’s Tigers front features a picture of tonight’s starter, Anibal Sanchez, by staffer Eric Seals. And an unusual handling of a quote by Sanchez by designer Ryan Ford.

Also, note the comeback “gizmo” across the bottom of the page. Click this for a readable view.

And, of course, Michigan travels to Nebraska tonight. Meaning there’s big news afoot on today’s regular sports front as well.

Please don’t let all my praise of Ryan Ford the other day seem like a lack of respect for designer Jeff Tarsha. He’s awesome too, as you can see from that page.

Thanks to Ryan for sending us those pages.

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 113,508

Here’s how Carolyn Chin of the Detroit News displayed Game Three on today’s front page.

The picture of fans enjoying the statue in front of Comercia Park is by staffer Daniel Mears.

The sports front — designed by birthday boy Rick Epps — lists the game plan for the Tigers to even up and then win the series.

The lead photo is by staffer Robin Buckson.

Thanks to Rick for sending those pages.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

And back in California, the Bay Area News Group folks spent today’s sports centerpiece with an homage to California native Sergio Romo.

Thanks to designer Ryan Lambert for sending the page.

All these pages are from the respective newspapers.

Previous coverage of the 2012 baseball postseason, here in the blog…

Friday’s World Series pages

Here’s a look at today’s World Series pages…

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 2, DETROIT TIGERS 0

Giants lead the series, 2-0

Next game: Saturday at Detroit, 8 p.m., FOX

From all sorts of offense to hardly any offense at all. This is shaping up to be a very strange World Series. Starting Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner threw seven shutout innings, allowed two hits and struck out eight as San Francisco took a 2-0 series lead over the Tigers.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

Many of today’s display photos were of an episode that happened in the second inning. Delmon Young hit a double and Prince Fielder was waved home by the Tigers’ third base coach. However, Fielder didn’t quite make it — he was tagged out at the plate by Buster Posey.

In the huge front-page picture afront today’s Chronicle, Fielder unsuccessfully makes his case to the umpire.

The picture is by staffer Michael Macor.

Meanwhile, lead art on the Chronicle‘s sports front was this photo of Bumgarner by staffer Lance Iversen.

Thanks to Frank Mina for sending those pages.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

That same play where Fielder slid into home plate was also on page one of today’s San Jose Mercury News.

The picture is by Marcio Jose Sanchez of the Associated Press. The smaller picture of a crowd gathered around a bunted ball is by staffer Nhat V. Meyer.

 

On the left is the Oakland Tribune (circulation 52,459); on the right is the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek (circulation 67,464).

Here is the jump page of today’s A1 baseball coverage in the Merc.

The large picture of the bleachers is also by Nhat V. Meyer.

Thanks to Ron Kitagawa and Scott Swyres for sending those pages.

The sports front in today’s Bay Area News Group papers was very similar to that of the Chronicle.

The pitcher picture is by the AP’s Marcio Jose Sanchez. Thanks to Ryan Lambert for sending the page.

PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa, Calif.

Circulation: 56,003

The Santa Rosa paper today focused on fans in the stands.

That picture is by staffer Kent Porter.

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Circulation: 25,000

Santa Cruz built its front page around a picture of Hunter Pence, who had just hit a sacrifice fly that scored Angel Pagan in the eighth inning.

The picture is by Charlie Riedel of the Associated Press.

DAILY JOURNAL

San Mateo, Calif.

Circulation: 14,800

San Mateo chose a picture of Fielder’s ill-advised slide into home.

That’s perhaps the best angle yet, if you’re wanting to see whether or not Fielder was really out. Replays were conclusive, by the way: He was indeed out.

The picture is from Reuters.

THE RECORD

Stockton, Calif.

Circulation: 33,675

And the Stockton paper added to its string of wonderful skybox promos.

The picture is by David S. Phillip of the Associated Press.

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 232,696

The Free Press today led with a picture of Omar Infante, throwing his bat in frustration after he struck out in the sixth inning.

The picture is by Julian H. Gonzalez.

The headline is a sly reference to Tigers pitcher Doug Fister, who was smacked in the head with a line drive.

The references on the sports front weren’t sly at all: All four display headlines on the Roar front referenced the head shot in some way.

My favorite: The one at bottom right that used the word noggin. You just don’t see that word used in a headline much anymore. Luckily, Fister wasn’t (seriously) injured, so the Freep could have a little fun with it.

The large picture of Fielder slip-sliding away is by staffer Mandi Wright. The page was designed by Ryan Ford, who sent us these pages.

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 113,508

Fielder’s slide was also plastered afront today’s Detroit News.

The picture was by staffer Robin Buckson. Rick Epps designed the page.

Here’s today’s sports front, with another Robin Buckson picture showing that same meeting-over-a-bunt that I mentioned earlier.

That was a bunt in the seventh inning by Gregor Blanco. It stayed just inside the third base line, much to the disappointment of the two Tigers here, Miguel Cabrera and Gerald Laird.

The larger picture downpage is of Prince Fielder. And hey, he’s not sliding into home! Instead, Fielder is, um, fielding — or attempting to field — a foul ball off of Hunter Pence in the fourth inning.

The picture is by Eric Risberg of the Associated Press. News staffer Kim Storeygard designed the page.

ADVANCE MICHIGAN PAPERS

An AP picture of Prince’s slide was used on the front of Advance’s Michigan newspapers today.

As you can see, the largest of these papers — the 68,865-circulation Grand Rapids Press — ran the picture as a stand-alone promo to coverage in sports.

The paper in Jackson, however — circulation 24,031 — took the photo down a bit to make room for a story speculating that the Tigers’ collapse is the fault of the legendary Sports Illustrated jinx.

Note the little cover crammed into the bottom right of that package.

The Kalamazoo paper — circulation 27,994 — shrank the photo of Fielder even more and made its Sports Illustrated cover even larger.

But the Muskegon paper tossed both off the front and instead chose a picture of Omar Infante throwing his helmet after he was caught stealing second base in the 4th inning.

That picture, too, is from the AP. Average daily circulation for the Muskegon Chronicle is 18,177.

LANSING STATE JOURNAL

Lansing, Mich.

Circulation: 41,330

And Lansing stripped a promo to the game story across the bottom of its nameplate today.

The picture is yet another AP shot of Fielder pleading with the umpire after he was called out at home.

Note the “toothless” headline. That just about sums up the series so far.

The pages from the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News are from those newspapers. The rest are from the Newseum. Of course.

Previous coverage of the 2012 baseball postseason, here in the blog…

Thursday’s World Series pages

Here’s a look at today’s World Series pages…

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 8, DETROIT TIGERS 3

Giants lead the series, 1-0

Next game: Today at San Francisco, 8 p.m., FOX

This game was supposed to be all about ace Tigers’ pitcher Justin Verlander. But instead, Pablo Sandoval — “Kung Fu Panda” — tagged Verlander for a solo home run in the first inning and then came back for shoots and leaves in the third inning with a two-out, two-run homer. Because that wasn’t quite enough, Sandoval then slammed another solo dinger off reliever Al Albuquerque in the fifth, becoming the fourth man in baseball history to hit three home runs in a World Series game.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

The Chronicle led page one today with a massive, six-column-wide photo of Panda Express rounding the bases on his second homer.

The picture is by staffer Michael Macor. Note the sidebar on venue-side merchants, cashing in on the Series.

Inside today’s A section, the Chronicle ran facing three-quarters-page picture pages of vignettes from the evening. The largest pictures on both A12 and A13 were by staffer Brant Ward.

 

Sandoval’s second homer was also the lead of today’s Chronicle sports front.

The picture here is by Michael Macor. And this is just the first of the clever “Panda” headlines we’ll see today.

Inside page four — below, left — contains a column, a buzz column and a great sidebar about a player’s wife who just had a baby.

 

Page five — above, right — focused on the Giants’ superb defense.

Page six — below, left — focused on pitchers: A story about Verlander and the Tigers’ implosion is up top while a story about Giants’ reliever Tim Lincecum is downpage.

 

Page seven — above, right — held jumps from the sports front.

Page eight — below, left — also held a jump and a full box. The large photo of Angel Pagan is by staffer Carlos Avila Gonzalez.

 

Page nine held columns and briefs.

Check out this interesting graphic from page eight, however. It’s essentially a bar chart tied to a timeline, showing the flow of the game.

It does allow you to see the patterns in the rallies — especially those in the third and seventh innings and how the Tigers dragged out their demise in the top of the ninth. And I don’t mind the circular format, which is a bit of a designer’s trend these days.

The only thing I disagree with here is how the bars get wider as they get taller.

Thanks to AME for presentation Frank Mina for sending along these pages. Frank adds:

We also put together this nice feature video from the game last night. The piece is from one of our staff photographers, Mike Kepka, who has a weekly video column called City Exposed.

EXAMINER

San Francisco, Calif.

Distribution: 200,000

The Examiner today built page one around an AP picture by David J. Phillip of Sandoval’s third home run in the fifth inning.

We’ll see that picture a lot today.

Oh, and I love the headline. Very clever.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

The Merc connected three photos — one of each of Sandoval’s home run shots — into sort of a graphic treatment for today’s page-one centerpiece.

The pictures were by staffer Gary Reyes, Reuters’ Robert Galbraith and staffer Nhat V. Meyer. The page comes to us from Ron Kitagawa, managing editor for production of the Bay Area News Group.

 

On the left is the Oakland Tribune (circulation 52,459); on the right is the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek (circulation 67,464).

The Mercury News‘ sports front displayed a huge picture of Sandoval’s second dinger, shot by Nhat V. Meyer.

Thanks to Ryan Lambert for sending that page.

In addition, the Merc‘s Chris Gotsill sends along a couple of preview pages from Wednesday’s paper. This is page A10…

…which contains this very fun piece by staffer Jeff Durham on the topic of momentum.

Please click that for a readable view. You’ll be glad you did.

And here is page A16 that holds a great sidebar on the “walk-up” music each player has used during their teams’ respective championship series.

Again, if you click on that page a time or two, you should come up with a readable version.

PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa, Calif.

Circulation: 56,003

The Santa Rosa paper went with a “Panda-monium” headline and a photo of Sandoval making the rounds after his third dinger.

The picture is by staffer Christopher Chung.

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Circulation: 25,000

Santa Cruz with with a “Panda Express” headline — I love that restaurant, so I love the headline — and that same David Phillip photo from the AP that we saw afront the Examiner.

DAILY JOURNAL

San Mateo, Calif.

Circulation: 14,800

The San Mateo paper didn’t credit its picture, but it did use a “Panda-monium” headline.

Note how the Daily Journal chose to reverse its main story out of the background of the picture. This is a very dangerous thing to do. Many papers out there in newspaper land don’t print well enough to make that copy readable.

I do see the paper upped the size of the body copy of that main story. That helps. As does bolding it or giving it a very thin white stroke.

But don’t try this at home. Unless you like getting yelled at by your editor.

DAILY NEWS

Palo Alto, Calif.

Circulation: 18,500

The Palo Alto paper went with “Panda Power” but crammed a lot of images — Sandoval, the field, a baseball, a Giants logo, the world Series logo and four text blurbs — into its skybox today.

That’s probably way too much to stuff into that space. I think the result might have been much more effective with maybe half of that material.

THE RECORD

Stockton, Calif.

Circulation: 33,675

Contrast that with the skybox + interactive nameplate treatment used today by Stockton.

Stockton used only one photo, no logos, a headline and then a blurb stripped beneath. Only a third as much material as we saw in the Daily News. But much more attractive. And much more effective.

SACRAMENTO BEE

Sacramento, Calif.

Circulation: 196,667

The big paper in California’s state capital led today with a staff photo by José Luis Villegas of Sandoval’s second home run.

FRESNO BEE

Fresno, Calif.

Circulation: 107,501

Sacramento’s sister paper in Fresno chose the David Phillip picture from the AP.

MODESTO BEE

Modesto, Calif.

Circulation: 59,783

And the third Bee paper in Modesto split the difference between an AP photo of Sandoval’s second home run…

…and a pair of pictures by staffer Debbie Noda of Giants merchandise for sale at a local mall shop.

NEWS-SENTINEL

Lodi, Calif.

Circulation: 16,553

The paper in Lodi ran a tiny picture of Sandoval in its right-side ear while reserving today’s centerpiece treatment for the standard “fans at a local sports bar” shots.

The pictures are by staffer Dan Evans.

THE HERALD

Monterey, Calif.

Circulation: 23,765

And the Monterey paper also went with local fans at a sports pub.

The establishment shown in staffer Vernon McKnight‘s pictures: Knuckles’ Sports Bar.

Oh, charming…

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 113,508

Despite the crushing loss for their beloved Tigers, the Detroit News plastered a picture of Sandoval’s third homer all over page one today.

The picture is by staffer Elizabeth Conley and the design is by staffer Antone Amye.

Presentation editor Rick Epps — who sent me these pages — tells us:

Let’s hope the Tigers fare better tomorrow night, because tonight was a disaster.

Rick designed today’s sports front himself.

The photo of a somewhat dazed Justin Verlander is by staffer David Gralnick.

Rick also sends along a number of pages from Wednesday’s paper, including this fun one, comparing five previous trips to the World Series to this year, in terms of the culture.

The piece was written by Melody Baetens and the graphic was designed by Aaron Hightower. And it’s another one you’ll want to click for a readable version.

Carolyn Chin designed the rest of that page.

Here’s the cover of the Detroit News‘ World Series preview section from Wednesday. The cover photoillustration is by Kim Storeygard.

Rick tells us this section was…

…designed by Kim Storeygard. She did an unbelievable amount of work [Tuesday], since so much of the section was dependent on finding out who the opponent would be.

Pages two and three provide capsule looks at the players on each team. The photo of Giants’ second baseman Marco Scutaro on page two, left, is by David J. Phillip of the Associated Press. The picture of Tigers’ DH Delmon Young on page three, right, is by staffer Robin Buckson.

 

Across the bottom of every page is a panel that looks back at notable World Series games in Tigers’ history.

Page four contains a position-by-position breakdown.

Page five was a full-page ad.

Pages six and seven primarily looks at pitchers for each team.

 

Notable is the picture at upper left, of Doug Fister taking batting practice on Monday. The photo is by Paul Sancya of the Associated Press.

Rick designed the poster page on the back himself.

The photo of centerfielder Austin Jackson is by Robin Buckson.

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 232,696

Designer Tim Good was responsible for the front page of today’s Free Press.

The picture of Verlander as he walked off the field at the end of the fourth inning is by staffer Julian H. Gonzalez.

Sports designer Ryan Ford — who sent us these pages — writes in his nightly wrap-up:

So much for the Tigers’ sweep, I guess. Two Pablo Sandoval fronts in three days. Sweet.

The picture of Sandoval is by staffer Mandi Wright.

Page three contains the jump, a sidebar, a bunch of pullouts and the box score.

The picture of a frustrated Jose Valverde — who gave up two runs in the fifth — is by staffer Julian H. Gonzalez.

Page four, left, contains a column by Jeff Seidel wondering what happened to Verlander last night. The picture is by Mandi Wright.

 

A fun page five contains all sorts of brights, briefs and doodads, including a picture of a civic statue in Detroit that’s now wearing a Tigers jersey. That photo is by staffer Regina H. Boone.

I have more to write today about the Free Press, but I’ll break that out into a separate post…

GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Circulation: 68,865

The Grand Rapids Press led today with an AP shot of Verlander after Sandoval’s first home run.

CHRONICLE

Muskegon, Mich.

Circulation: 18,177

And the Chronicle of Muskegon also led with wire art of Verlander — this one is after Sandoval tagged him the second time.

The pages from the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News are from those newspapers. The rest are from the Newseum. Of course.

Previous coverage of the 2012 baseball postseason, here in the blog…

Photoillustrations highlight today’s World Series pages

Tonight, the World Series begins:

Game One

DETROIT TIGERS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

8 p.m. EDT, Fox

And man, do we have some outstanding illustrations to review today.

Here’s a look at the day’s pages…

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 232,696

The Detroit Free Press wiped everything else off the front today and went with a full-page illustration to commemorate the high-flying Tigers’ appearance in this year’s series.

The illustration is by Free Press staffer Eric Millikin. Who’s done this sort of thing before:

 

The page on the left is from last fall. The poster on the right ran three weeks ago.

Find more of Eric’s work here. In addition, Eric has his own Wikipedia entry.

Sports designer Ryan Ford — who is kind enough to send use Freep pages every night — was responsible for the fun illustration on the front of today’s Tigers section.

Ryan tells us:

Thought of the Tigers “orange” illo while brainstorming heds for the Giants win in Game 7. Definitely breaks us out of our pre-Game 1 [Justin] Verlander rut, especially with 1A going with a big JV-centric illo done by Eric Millikin.

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 113,508

The Detroit News led today’s front page with stories about the hopeful Tigers and their equally hopeful fans.

The photo of Prince Fielder is by staffer David Guralnick.

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Walnut Creek, Calif.

Circulation: 67,464

Out on the left coast, the Bay Area News Group papers built their fronts today around this fun annotated photo of Giant Hunter Pence, getting his teammates fired up before a playoff game against the Reds.

The file photo is by Andy Lyons of Getty Images.

Naturally, the picture played on all editions.

 

On the right is the Oakland Tribune, circulation 52,459. Unfortunately, the San Jose Mercury News was a no-show in the Newseum today. I presume it ran the same centerpiece.

EXAMINER

San Francisco, Calif.

Distribution: 200,000

Barry Zito — the starting pitcher for Game One — is afront today’s Examiner.

That’s a Getty file photo

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

And the Chronicle today plugged a special section in its top-of-the-page, “top of the news” skybox.

Meanwhile, a centerpiece story addresses superstitions held by Giants fans. The gentleman in the photo — “special to the Chronicle” by Stephen Lam — jogs from his home in North Beach to AT&T park to touch the statue of Willie Mays the night before every game.

And there you have a winning strategy for the Tigers: Simply have security detain the man. Bingo: A guaranteed sweep.

I’m not so sure how I feel about people touching statues. Not after I ran into this woman last year outside PNC Park in Pittsburgh, enjoying the statue of Willie Stargell a little too much.

While that picture was merely PG, I can assure you her next pose was a bit more… gripping.

NEW YORK TIMES

New York, N.Y.

Circulation: 1,586,757

And Wayne Kamidoi of the New York Times was kind enough to send us today’s sports cover.

The illustration — depicting two storied franchises that have never met in postseason play — is by staffer Sam Manchester. And there’s so much to enjoy here. Click this for a much larger look.

From left to right: Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg, Al Kaline, Miguel Cabrera, Buster Posey, Barry Bonds, Willie Mays and Christy Mathewson.

UPDATE: 1:40 p.m.

Hayden Goethe of the Fargo, N.D., Forum asks in the comments of this blog post:

Is it just me, or does that guy all the way to the right in the NY Times illustration look nothing like Christy Mathewson? Google images of him and you’ll see what I mean.

I made a mental note to look into this, but before I could get finished with lunch, Hayden writes back:

I just noticed that the NY Times changed the player on the right’s name to Fred Snodgrass on its website. I was really wondering who that was.

Hmm. Are we sure “Fred Snodgrass” was a real person? Sounds like the name of a character in a Saturday Night Live skit.

 

Left: Christy Mathewson. Right: Fred Snodgrass.

Apparently, Snodgrass was indeed a real, live Giants player a century ago.

History.com tells us that Snodgrass played a key role in Game Eight of the 1912 World Series between the Giants and the Red Sox — eight games because Game Two was called on account of darkness.

And so it happened that Fred Snodgrass was standing in center field on October 16. After nine innings of the eighth game, the score was tied 1-1. At the top of the 10th, the Giants pulled ahead by 1.

At the bottom of the 10th, Red Sox pinch hitter Clyde Engle came to the plate and whacked a lazy fly ball to right-center field. It drifted easily toward Snodgrass’ glove. He caught the ball; then he dropped the ball. Engle scrambled to second.

In the very next play, Snodgrass made a spectacular catch, but it didn’t matter—the damage was done. Mathewson walked the following batter, and then a single tied the game and put the winning run on third. Then Tris Speaker hit a single—after [Fred] Merkle and [Chief] Meyers both failed to catch an easy foul ball that Speaker wafted right at them, it should be noted—and the game was over. The Red Sox had won.

To reporter after reporter, over and over, Snodgrass explained: “I just dropped the darn thing.”

Mystery solved.

You’re a sharp-eyed one, Hayden…

The pages from the Detroit Free Press, and the New York Times are from those newspapers. The rest are from the Newseum. Of course.

Previous coverage of the 2012 baseball postseason, here in the blog…

Tuesday’s baseball playoff pages

Here’s a look at today’s baseball playoff pages…

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 9, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 0

Giants win the AL pennant

The Giants racked up five runs in the 3rd inning on their way to a 9-0 shellacking of the St. Louis Cardinals — a team that had seemed like a clinch just three games ago.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

A Giant win like that deserves a giant splash on A1 for a paper that just hasn’t been playing baseball very large most nights.

This celebration shot — which features too many backsides and not enough faces fro my tastes — is by staffer Michael Macor.

EXAMINER

San Francisco, Calif.

Distribution: 200,000

A number of papers today used “Orange reign” or “Raining champs” — or variations thereof — as their main headline today. This was a reference to the downpour that started just as the game ended and the Giants celebrated their victory.

The picture there is by the Examiner‘s Mike Koozmin.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

You can really see that rain in this celebration shot by the Merc‘s Karl Mondon.

The secondary shot of champagne in the Giants’ locker room is by Randy Pench of the Sacramento Bee.

 

On the left is the Oakland Tribune (circulation 52,459); on the right is the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek (circulation 67,464).

PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa, Calif.

Circulation: 56,003

The Santa Rosa paper today led with one of the better celebration shots I’ve seen today: This one by staffer John Burgess.

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Circulation: 25,000

Santa Cruz, too, built its front around a celebration shot that almost looks as if Marco Scutaro has punched one of his teammates into orbit.

That picture is by Mark Humphrey of the Associated Press.

THE HERALD

Monterey, Calif.

Circulation: 23,765

In Monterey, the editors didn’t mind borrowing the old Denver Broncos’ nickname for page one today.

The picture of series MVP Marco Scutaro is by Randy Pench of the Sacramento Bee.

DAILY NEWS

Palo Alto, Calif.

Circulation: 18,500

The Daily News of Palo Alto also led with a picture of Scutaro — this one by Lucy Nicholson of Reuters.

DAILY POST

Palo Alto, Calif.

Circulation: N/A

The Daily Post of Palo Alto chose a picture by David J. Phillip of the Associated Press and got cute by adding a little baseball to its nameplate today.

FRESNO BEE

Fresno, Calif.

Circulation: 107,501

Fresno used that same picture but went without the baseball.

Notice the word “soak” in the headline.

MODESTO BEE

Modesto, Calif.

Circulation: 59,783

And Modesto also used a picture by David J. Phillip, but chose one of Angel Pagan clowning around with fans.

The secondary shot — of fans in panda costumes — is by Randy Pench of the Sacramento Bee.

DAILY JOURNAL

San Mateo, Calif.

Circulation: 14,800

And finally, here’s the San Mateo paper, which used a small Reuters picture of Scutaro holding aloft his MVP trophy.

The Daily Journal‘s Julio Lara explains:

A1 had to contend with the debate, but Erik Oeverndiek got a sweet shot of NLCS Marco Scutaro up top and I think the headline really hit, just playing off the Scutaro chant over on the West Coast.

Sports, well, dream come true really to design something like this. Photo is from Reuters. It isn’t every day to have the reader have to slip the paper over to read the story and headline. But, given the magnitude of the game, and the great photo, I said why not.

I’m thinking they’ll be plenty of local papers who will use the headline, but, I’d like to think I thought of it first. Maybe.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

St. Louis, Mo.

Circulation: 187,992

Obviously, the pages out of St. Louis were considerably quieter. This wonderful headline sums up the last three games of the series.

The picture by staffer Huy Mach shows catcher Buster Posey scoring on an error in the disastrous 3rd inning.

Huy’s picture on today’s sports front — of Cardinals’ manager saluting the Giants — is nothing short of awesome. Look at Mike Matheny‘s face. Wow.

NEWS-DEMOCRAT

Belleville, Ill.

Circulation: 46,883

And in Belleville, page one focused on an AP shot of starter Kyle Lohse reflecting on his poor performance.

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 232,696

In Detroit today — where sports designer Ryan Ford has really enjoyed his lengthy break — the Free Press cranks up its preview coverage of the World Series, which begins tomorrow in San Francisco.

The picture of Pablo Sandoval is by Thearon W. Henderson of Getty Images.

Ryan writes:

The Giants game, which was our “inside sports front,” and the Lions game, which we had a four-page sports wrap for, ended within about 20 minutes of each other – and within about 20 minutes of our usual Monday night deadline.. Fun stuff. Of course, the Giants had a 9-0 lead, so it was at least manageable.

Manageable for Ryan, who hails from the planet Krypton. But for the rest of us? Not so much.

For the record, here is the front of the Lions’ wrap, featuring a great picture by Nam Y. Huh of the Associated Press.

The pages from the Detroit Free Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the San Mateo Daily Journal are from those newspapers. The rest are from the Newseum. Of course.

Previous coverage of the 2012 baseball playoffs, here in the blog…

Monday’s baseball playoff pages

Here’s a look at today’s baseball playoff pages…

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 6, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1

Series tied, 3-3

Next game: Today, 5 p.m. EDT at San Fransisco, FOX

If this was a battle of the pitchers, someone forgot to tell the Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter. He gave up five runs in the first two innings while San Francisco’s Ryan Vogelsong strck out nine batters in seven innings.

This series — which, not long ago, seemed like a blowout — is now down to one do-or-die game this evening.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

The front page of today’s Chronicle focused on fan reactions.

The picture is by staffer Pete Kiehart.

EXAMINER

San Francisco, Calif.

Distribution: 200,000

This is Pablo Sandoval, I think, on the front of today’s Examiner.

The picture is by David J. Phillip of the Associated Press.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

The Merc today led with a picture of pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, after he scored a run in the 2nd inning.

The photo is by staffer Susan Tripp Pollard. The secondary shot of Sandoval is by staffer Nhat V. Meyer.

 

On the left is the Oakland Tribune (circulation 52,459); on the right is the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek (circulation 67,464).

DAILY POST

Palo Alto, Calif.

Circulation: N/A

The Palo Alto paper ran a cute AP shot of Sandoval gesturing from the dugout in the 8th inning.

SACRAMENTO BEE

Sacramento, Calif.

Circulation: 196,667

And on the front of today’s Sacramento Bee, center fielder Angel Pagan jumps for joy after the final out of Sunday’s game.

The photo is by staffer José Luis Villegas.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

St. Louis, Mo.

Circulation: 187,992

Meanwhile, in St. Louis, the mood is suddenly one of exasperation. The Cardinals were so dominant just a few days ago. Where did their lead go?

That front-page picture of Carlos Beltran — just after he struck out in the 8th — is by staffer Chris Lee.

That page and this next one was sent to us by Post-Dispatch designer Josh Renaud.

The picture — by staffer David Carson — shows fans in San Francisco gleefully following the performance Vogelsong put on last night.

NEWS-DEMOCRAT

Belleville, Ill.

Circulation: 46,883

And in Belleville, the News-Democrat built its front-page ASF around a picture of Chris Carpenter, who was yanked after four innings.

The photo is from the Associated Press.

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 232,696

It was yet another off-day for the well-rested Detroit Tigers. The four-man playoff rotation occupied the top of today’s Free Press front page.

The Free Press‘ sports operation — evidently, tired of putting pictures of Detroit practices out front — led today with a picture of Vogelsong by Christian Peterson of Getty Images.

Note the rail down the left side of the page. Sports designer Ryan Ford — who sent us these pages — is particularly good at finding a cute historical or numbers-based sidebar to the day’s news and then filling it out with his collection of sports logos.

Today’s topic: Five times in the previous 20 baseball seasons the National League has come down to one sudden death game.

Ryan writes in his nightly roundup:

And still we wait…

At least there was a 24,000-person marathon to keep us busy. (Oh, and Monday Night Football with the Lions tonight…)

Here’s that marathon front.

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 113,508

And the Detroit News today put a promo up top and also ran a page-one story on how the Tigers’ success helps take area folks’ minds off their economic woes.

The centerpiece picture is file art of the Tigers’ Kirk Gibson in the 1984 World Series.

The pages from the Detroit Free Press and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch are from those respective newspapers. The rest are from the Newseum. Of course.

Previous coverage of the 2012 baseball playoffs, here in the blog…

Saturday’s baseball playoff pages

Here’s a look at today’s baseball playoff pages, plus a few from yesterday that I didn’t have time to post…

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 5, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 0

St. Louis leads series, 3-2

Next game: Sunday, 7:30 p.m. EDT at San Fransisco, FOX

The Giants scored four runs in the 4th inning to beat the Cardinals and to hold off elimination from the pennant series. What made it even worse for the Cardinals: All four runs were unearned. Meanwhile, Barry Zito threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings for the Giants.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

Friday’s Chronicle — included a small picture of the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter successfully sliding into home in the 5th inning.

The picture was by staffer Michael Macor, who also shot the much larger picture of Zito on page one today.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

The Bay Area News Group papers ran an awesome, awesome photo on page one yesterday following the Giants’ disappointing Game Four loss.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval made a diving stop in the 7th inning, but his throw to first was late. The picture by Jeff Haynes of Reuters was paired perfectly with the headline:

Giants on the bubble

 

On the left is the Oakland Tribune (circulation 52,459); on the right is the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek (circulation 67,464).

Today’s centerpiece picture by staffer Nhat V. Meyer focused on a jubilant Barry Zito.

 

THE RECORD

Stockton, Calif.

Circulation: 33,675

The Stockton Record today used a cleverly-cropped picture of Zito in its skybox today.

The crop was clever. But the headine was even more clever.

EXAMINER

San Francisco, Calif.

Distribution: 200,000

What a contrast today’s Zito pages are to the fronts yesterday from the Bay Area. The Giants were “on the brink,” according to Friday’s Examiner.

The picture was by Dilip Vishwanat of Getty Images.

DAILY NEWS

Palo Alto, Calif.

Circulation: 18,500

Likewise, “elimination looms for Giants,” said the Palo Alto paper.

The picture of Hector Sanchez and Pablo Sandoval during the final outs of the game was by Nhat V. Meyer of the San Jose Mercury News.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

St. Louis, Mo.

Circulation: 187,992

In St. Louis today, folks are disappointed in the Cardinals’ failure to end the NLCS at home Friday.

That is pitcher Lance Lynn, who was pulled in the 4th inning, not long after his own defensive error led to a big inning for the Giants. He attempted to throw to second base in hopes of triggering a double play. Instead, his throw bounced into the outfield.

The picture is by staffer Chris Lee while his colleague Huy Mach shot this action during the error of shortstop Pete Kozma colliding with the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval after that errant throw.

NEWS-DEMOCRAT

Belleville, Ill.

Circulation: 46,883

The paper across the way in Belleville led Friday with a staff picture by Zia Nizami of Matt Carpenter’s spectacular slide into home plate.

Today, staffer Derik Holtmann contributed this picture of Lance Lynn as the game melted down around him last night.

DAILY AMERICAN REPUBLIC

Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Circulation: 13,501

And here’s another one I’m sorry didn’t have time yesterday afternoon to post. Designer Brian Rosener of the Daily American Republic of Poplar Bluff, Mo., tells us:

Daily American Republic of Poplar Bluff, Mo., tells us:

Here’s my page. Look familiar?

My reaction when I saw the P-D‘s sports page cost me a coin in the swear jar.

 

In my defense, you can’t pass up a Chris Lee photo when he puts them on the wire. Hopefully since the P-Ds we get here are early editions (we’re three hours south), it’s different, but I’m not going to look.

LANSING STATE JOURNAL

Lansing, Mich.

Circulation: 41,330

In the wake of Detroit’s stunning sweep of the Yankees in the ALCS, designer John Kalmar wrote yesterday:

I wanted to pass along the sports cover that I did for the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal, as part of the Louisville Gannett Design Studio. I noticed that you’ve been posting pages from Grand Rapids and other Booth papers, so I figured I’d get Lansing involved in the party, too.

The picture of reliever Phil Coke after the final out was from the Associated Press.

GRAND RAPIDS PRESS

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Circulation: 68,865

That same picture was lead art on the front of the Advance Michigan papers yesterday.

   

From left to right:

  • Jackson Citizen Patriot, circulation 24,031
  • Kalamazoo Gazette, circulation 27,994
  • Muskegon Chronicle, circulation 18,177

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 232,696

And here’s today’s off-day Tigers front for the Detroit Free Press, featuring a photo of Jose Valverde by staffer Julian H. Gonzalez.

Designer Ryan Ford — who sent that page — notes:

And now the waiting game begins. Fine by me.

The pages from the Detroit Free Press, the Lansing State Journal, the Daily American Republic and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch are all from the respective newspapers. The rest are from the Newseum. Of course.

Previous coverage of the 2012 baseball playoffs, here in the blog…

Thursday’s baseball playoff pages

Here’s a look at today’s baseball playoff pages…

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ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 3, SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 1

St. Louis leads series, 2-1

Next game: Today, 8 p.m. EDT at St. Louis, FOX

Cardinals star Carlos Beltran reinjured his bad knee in the first inning. Matt Carpenter — batting for Beltran in the 3rd — smacked a two-run homer that gave the Cardinals the lead for good, despite a three-hour, 28-minute rain delay.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

St. Louis, Mo.

Circulation: 187,992

Page one of the Post-Dispatch today showed fans celebrating in the ninth inning. They had sat there a long time waiting for the game to resume.

The picture is by staffer Laurie Skrivan.

The sports front featured a huge picture of Carpenter — who’s a rookie, by the way — hitting his home run.

That picture is by staffer Chris Lee.

Thanks to Carlos Ayulo for sending these pages.

NEWS-DEMOCRAT

Belleville, Ill.

Circulation: 46,883

Across the Mississippi in Belleville, the News-Democrat played a picture of Carpenter rounding the bases.

The photo is by staffer Steve Nagy.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

The Chronicle played a small photo above its nameplate. The picture  — by staffer Carlos Avila Gonzalez — shows starting pitcher Matt Cain walking off the field after he was relieved in the 7th.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

And San Jose today also built its front around a photo of Cain being yanked.

That happened in the 7th, just before the rain began.

Naturally, the Merc‘s sister papers looked the same:

 

On the left is the Oakland Tribune (circulation 52,459); on the right is the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek (circulation 67,464).

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NEW YORK YANKEES at DETROIT TIGERS (Ppd. Rain)

Detroit leads series, 3-0

Next game: Today, 4 p.m. EDT at Detroit, TBS

Just about everyone figured the Tigers would clinch a pennant Wednesday. But rain stepped up to the plate instead.

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 232,696

Despite the lack of onfield action, the Free Press managed a great page-one picture and an even greater headline today.

The picture is by Julian H. Gonzalez. The page was designed by Joe Cybulski.

Sports designer Ryan Ford — who sent us these pages — writes in his evening report:

The bad news: This is the fifth Tigers playoff rainout/postponement in three playoff runs since I’ve been in Detroit. (And that’s not counting a crazy 3 ½ hour delay last year that turned a day game into an 11th-inning night-time marathon.)

The good news: I’ve gotten dang good at dusting off and updating the “rainout recap” box every time.

Plus, TBS was showing vintage Seinfeld, so that’s always fun.

Hopefully, they’ll get today’s game in, and the Tigers will take care of business. One of the rare times I’ve NOT said, “Let’s play two!”

For the record, here is Ryan’s “rainout recap”:

The picture of starting pitcher Max Scherzer and his pitching coach is by staffer Eric Seals.

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 113,508

The News today put a picture of a disappointed fan in the space above its nameplate.

That picture is by staffer Elizabeth Conley.

NYC TABLOIDS

New York, N.Y.

And the New York Tabs? They hardly mentioned the game at all. Having apparently given up on this year, they each used their back-page sports covers to fuel speculation about the future of Alex Rodriguez.

 

The pages from the Detroit Free Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the NYC tabs are from those papers. The rest of  these images are from the Newseum. Of course.

Previous coverage of the 2012 baseball playoffs, here in the blog…

Tuesday’s baseball playoff pages

Here’s a look at today’s baseball playoff pages…

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 7, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1

Series tied, 1-1

Next game: Wednesday, 4 p.m. EDT at St. Louis, FOX

The Giants buried the Cardinals on the back of second baseman Marco Scutaro. Scutaro — who was injured when the Cards’ Matt Holliday slide into him in the 1st inning — hit a two-run single in the 4th inning which eventually led to a 5-1 lead by the end of that inning.

Two innings later, Scutaro was pulled from the game and sent for X-rays of the injury and the Giants cruised on to a series-tying win.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 229,176

The Chronicle put the game into the space atop today’s nameplate. The photo — by staffer Carlos Avila Gonzalez — is of Scutaro hitting his bases-loaded single in the 4th.

EXAMINER

San Francisco, Calif.

Distribution: 200,000

The same play was featured on the front of today’s Examiner.

The picture is by Thearon W. Henderson of Getty Images.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

San Jose, Calif.

Circulation: About 225,175

The Merc today built its front around a picure of centerfielder Angel Pagan, who scored on a Cardinal error in the 4th.

The picture is by staffer Susan Tripp Pollard.

 

On the left is the Oakland Tribune (circulation 52,459); on the right is the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek (circulation 67,464).

PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa, Calif.

Circulation: 56,003

Remember that collision in the first inning that caused the injury to Scutaro? This great photo by staffer Kent Porter of the Santa Rosa paper shows that moment.

Wow. What a picture.

DAILY JOURNAL

San Mateo, Calif.

Circulation: 14,800

The San Mateo paper also led with Scutaro’s hit.

The picture is from Reuters.

DAILY POST

Palo Alto, Calif.

Circulation: N/A

And the Daily Post went with a post-game celebration shot from the Associated Press.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

St. Louis, Mo.

Circulation: 187,992

In St. Louis, the Post-Dispatch led today with a picture of a disappointed Yadier Molina after he popped out in the 3rd.

The photo is by staffer Chris Lee.

NEWS-DEMOCRAT

Belleville, Ill.

Circulation: 46,883

The Belleville paper led with an AP shot of outfielder Jon Jay losing his glove while attempting to field a double by Ryan Vogelsong in the 6th inning.

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AND A FEW BONUS PAPERS  YOU SHOULD SEE…

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 232,696

It was an off day in Detroit, so the Free Press took the opportunity to a) write about how everyone is suddenly a Tigers fan, and b) to punch up a nice file shot of Justin Verlander.

That page was designed by Jason Karas.

Sports designer Ryan Ford — who sent us these pages and who designed this next one himself — writes:

Another day, another chance to hype Verlander…

Verlander, of course, will be tested in tonight’s game. You’ll find two more pics of him on today’s sports front.

NYC TABLOIDS

New York, N.Y.

And the Big Apple tabloids were awfully quiet today. The big talking from this past weekend is gone. Other stories occupied page one. The sports fronts in both the Daily News and the Post seemed awfully negative.

 

The Daily News (left, circulation 579,636) picked on whiny right fielder Nick Swisher — who has, in fact, been benched for tonight’s game — while the Post (right, circulation 555,327) bemoaned the odds of trying to top Verlander.

WASHINGTON POST

Washington, D.C.

Circulation: 507,615

And while the post-season is long gone for the Washington Nationals, my admiration of the gorgeous baseball playoff coverage by the Washington Post will never fade.

Deputy design director for news Greg Manifold sent us another huge care package of pages from late last week.

Let’s start with Friday. Here, again, was the Post‘s front page the day after right fielder Jayson Werth smacked a home run in the bottom of the 9th to break a 1-1 tie with the Cardinals.

That picture — by Robb Carr of Getty Images — was used by a number of papers that day.

On page A17, this wonderful shot by Post staffer Jonathan Newton showed Werth rounding the bases for his walk-off homer.

You know the drill: If you have a great picture, run it big and get the hell out of its way.

The Friday sports front led another picture of that same play — also by Jonathan Newton — of the reaction by Werth and his teammates just after the ball sailed clear of the wall.

An interesting little graphic at the bottom right of the page shows how Werth coaxed 13 pitches out of the Cardinals’ Lance Lynn before taking the ball for a ride.

Yet another picture by Jonathan Newton graced page D9.

That is pitcher Ross Detwiler.

The picture on the game agate page (left) of Werth is by Jonathan Newton.

 

The picture of Werth getting a hug from Bryce Harper (right) is by staffer John McDonnell.

And here’s yet another depth-of-field shot, showing the Nats’ Adam LaRoche‘s solo home run.

That picture is by John McDonnell.

Saturday, I wrote in the blog:

Sadly, the game was too late for the Washington Post. It had to settle for a nice shot — by staffer John McDonnell — of a five-year-old Nationals fan and an acknowledgement that the result didn’t get into today’s paper.

However, Greg tells me that wasn’t the case. Yes, the page one left is the one we got here in Virginia Beach. Yes, the page on the left was the one filed at the Newseum. But Greg tells us:

One small clarification on your post about the result not making Saturday’s paper. It did in fact make it to a good chunk of our subscribers.

In fact, the paper on the right was the one most Post readers saw, Greg says.

 

Here’s a closer look at the front page, featuring a picture of catcher Kurt Suzuki and starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez by Jonathan Newton.

The sports front was built around this great shot of a dejected Bryce Harper hanging around the dugout.

That picture is by Jonanthan Newton.

Page D5 featured fans filing into the stadium, reflected in a decoration. The picture was by Jonathan.

The picture at lower right is from the same set of photos that ended up on page one of the earlier edition Saturday.

Here are pages D6 and D7.

 

The agate page features a picture of Gio Gonzalez. On the right is a picture of reliever Craig Stammen, who was yanked in the 6th. Both pictures were by Jonathan Newton.

And Sunday , the Post led its sports front with a reflective portrait of reliever Drew Storen, who came within a strike of winning the game and the series for the Nationals.

That’s yet another wonderful shot by John McDonnell.

On the doubletruck, Storen faces the post-game press conference.

Great detail No. 1: The back of Storen’s T-shirt.

That large photo is by John McDonnell.

Great detail No. 2: The expression on the faces of these fans, after the game.

That picture is by Jonathan Newton.

The Sunday agate page featured a picture — by John McDonnell — of shortstop Ian Desmond chasing down a two-run single that tied the game at 7 in the top of the 9th.

Let me point out that graphic at the very bottom of the page, however. This data comes from a web site called FanGraphs that uses historical data to track the possibility of a team winning throughout the game.

So when that play — shown at the top of the page — happened with two outs in the top of the 9th, the Nat’s chance of winning this game — and the series — suddenly dropped from somewhere around 85 percent to less than fifty-fifty.

The chart is very cool. But admittedly, it’d be difficult to understand without all the text above it.

That’s the funny thing about baseball. You can chart so many different aspects of the game. But understanding the charts — or helping the reader understand them — can be a problem sometimes.

The pages from Washington, Detroit and New York are from those papers. The rest of  these images are from the Newseum. Of course.

Previous coverage of the 2012 baseball playoffs, here in the blog…

Thursday’s baseball playoff pages

Here’s a look at today’s baseball playoff pages…

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ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 8, WASHINGTON NATIONALS 0

St. Louis leads the series, 2-1

Next game: Today, 4 p.m. EDT at Washington

The first baseball playoff game in D.C. since 1933 was pretty much a debacle for the Nationals.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

St. Louis, Mo.

Circulation: 187,992

The Post-Dispatch led page one today with a picture of rookie shortstop Pete Kozma, who hit a three-run home run in the 2nd inning.

The picture was by staffer Chris Lee.

NEWS-DEMOCRAT

Belleville, Ill.

Circulation: 46,883

Across the river in Belleville, the News-Democrat chose an Associated Press picture of Kozma as he came across the plate after that dinger.

WASHINGTON POST

Washington, D.C.

Circulation: 507,615

The Post today focused on the fact that the playoffs were back in town, finally. This wonderful picture by staffer John McDonnell of the pregame introductions was given the place of honor on today’s front page.

Here is what it looked like on page one.

WASHINGTON TIMES

Washington, D.C.

Circulation: 93,763

The Times today used a picture of a frustrated Michael Morse after he struck out in the first inning.

That picture — as well as the one of the equally-frustrated Nats fan — was by staffer Andrew Harnik.

EXPRESS

Washington, D.C.

Distribution: 183,916

Express — the Post‘s free youth+commuter tab — used a great picture by the AP’s Alex Brandon showing Jayson Werth flubbing a catch up against the outfield wall.

WASHINGTON EXAMINER

Washington, D.C.

Distribution: 260,950

And the Examiner, too, chose an Alex Brandon picture today.

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 8, CINCINNATI REDS 3

Series is tied, 2-2

Next game: Today, 1 p.m. EDT at Cincinnati

San Francisco’s Angel Pagan smacked a home run in the game’s very first at-bat and then Gregor Blanco added a two-run dinger in the second to bury the Reds and tie up the series.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

San Francisco, Calif.

Circulation: 299,176

Every day, the Chronicle has been splitting the the “top of the news” module above the nameplate with equal treatment of the Giants and A’s. Today, the baseball promo completely replaces the news promos.

The A’s picture — showing Oakland’s Seth Smith — is by staffer Carlos Avila Gonzalez. The Giants picture — of Pagan — is by staffer Michael Macor.

CINCINNATI ENQUIRER

Cincinnati, Ohio

Circulation: 144,165

The Enquirer, too, has been playing the Reds games over its nameplate but below a series of house ads for Gannett DealChicken.

Today’s picture — by staffer Leigh Taylor — is of Joey Votto, after he struck out in the 7th inning.

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NEW YORK YANKEES 3, BALTIMORE ORIOLES 2

New York leads the series, 2-1

Next game: Today, 7:30 p.m. EDT at New York

There was quite a bit of drama last night in New York: An underperforming Alex Rodriguez was pulled in the 9th inning and replaced with pinch hitter Raul Ibanez. Who then smacked a home run to tie the game and send it into extra innings. In the 12th, Ibanez came up again and, yes, hit a second homer to break the tie.

NEW YORK POST

New York, N.Y.

Circulation: 555,327

Naturally, the Post came up with a brilliant headline — so brilliant, in fact, that it completely obscures Ibanez making contact with the ball for that second dinger.

The picture was by staffer Neil Miller.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

New York, N.Y.

Circulation: 579,636

The Daily News also went for a clever headline, emphasizing Ibanez’ status last night as a pinch hitter.

The picture is by staffer Corey Sipkin.

NEW YORK TIMES

New York, N.Y.

Circulation: 1,586,757

The heroics were enough to push the game out onto page one of today’s New York Times.

Granted, it was at the bottom of page one. But, hey: It was on page one.

The photo by staffer Barton Silverman is of the second homer, I presume. The cutline doesn’t say, specifically.

BALTIMORE SUN

Baltimore, Md.

Circulation: 179,574

And the Sun built its centerpiece around a similar picture by staffer Lloyd Fox.

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OAKLAND A’s 4, DETROIT TIGERS 3

Oakland leads the series, 2-2

Next game: Today, 9:30 p.m. EDT at Oakland

There was also drama in last night’s late game in Oakland: Seth Smith tied the game with a two-run double in the 9th inning. Then, with two outs, Coco Crisp played the hero for the second night in a row by by bringing Smith home with a single.

OAKLAND TRIBUNE

Oakland, Calif.

Circulation: 52,459

The Bay Area News Group papers led today with a great picture by staffer Anda Chu of the A’s celebrating their victory

That’s Crisp on the right, No. 4. The secondary photo of the Giants game was by staffer Patrick Tehan.

As usual, the Tribune‘s sister papers were nearly identical.

 

On the left is the San Jose Mercury News, circulation approximately 225,175. On the right is the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek, circulation 67,464.

DAILY NEWS

Palo Alto, Calif.

Circulation: 18,500

The Daily News of Palo Alto, too, led today with a celebration shot. Again, that’s Crisp on the right.

The picture was by Ben Margot of the Associated Press. The picture of the Giants celebrating their own win was by Jonathan Daniel of Getty Images.

DETROIT NEWS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 113,508

The end of the game was way too late for the Detroit papers. The News used a rather generic-looking, uncredited photo up top today and referred to its online coverage.

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit, Mich.

Circulation: 232,696

The Free Press did the same, but with a question headline.

However, sports designer Ryan Ford was kind enough to send along this late sports front last night.

Ryan writes in his nightly commentary:

Who doesn’t love a 1 a.m. game finish? Oh, well, on to Game 5.

The photo — of Seth Smith scoring the winning run — was by staffer Julian H. Gonzalez.

That last page, obviously, came from the Freep. The rest of  these images are from the Newseum. Of course.

Previous coverage of the 2012 baseball playoffs, here in the blog…

Are you a sports designer in a MLB market with a team in the playoffs? Feel free to send me your post-game sports fronts each night, along with credits, if you can. Whatever I can get ahold of, I’ll feature here in the blog.