today’s front pages 4/20

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ANALYSIS

Proving once again that nothing makes headlines like disasters involving hundreds of people, all but two of today’s English-language newspapers prominently featured the wreck this weekend of a ship filled with refugees that sank off the coast of Italy after departing Libya. Along with the grim reality that anywhere from 700 to 950 people may have been on board, the story is also news because these people were being smuggled into Europe, which is already dealing with a very urgent conversation, if not crisis, over immigration, particularly from Northern Africa.

All the major United States papers featured the story on their front pages, as did the Wall Street Journal Europe and Wall Street Journal Asia editions, as did the Jerusalem Post.

A brief scan of European newspapers, from France to Germany, also saw the story was front page, as the image of the German-language BILD, pictured above show, as well as the front page of France’s Le Monde, below.

Other stories that gained traction, as usual, were terrorism, with five papers featuring some kind story about ISIS or other Middle Eastern group.

The 20th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing (another aspect of terrorism) was prominent on the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Philadelphia Inquirer front pages.

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today’s front pages, Sunday, April 19.

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For a link to images of today’s front pages, go here: 419frontpages

Analysis:

Analysis: The attempt to contextualize Sunday newspaper in a framing perspective is problematic. Unlike the other days of the week, Sunday newspapers are put to bed far earlier, and many newspapers actually begin assembling them as early as Friday, so unless breaking news is deemed vitally important, it is often not reflected on the front page.

However, because there is more time to choose articles, and more space afforded to feature stories and news analysis, choosing a sample of Sunday front pages domestically and internationally might actually provide more details on what the editors of major newspapers deem is “more important.”

If that is true, then the 2016 presidential election is the burning issue of the day, at least in the United States. The LA times featured prominent stories on both the congested Republican field of 16 announced candidates, and the Democratic field which, so far, is only Hillary Clinton.  The Washington Post, New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer also gave huge attention to the party races. But, like so much election coverage in the mainstream media, the headlines seem to focus on conflict and personality, as opposed to substantive analysis of the issues.

Don’t expect that to change any time soon.

Other issues that generated traction in domestic newspapers this morning were health, race (police brutality) war in the middle east, and sports.

TODAY’S FRONT PAGES FRIDAY APril 17

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For some reason, the place where I began this blog, is no longer allowing me to make new posts. so I will conclude with one today, tomorrow, and sunday.

Here are the images of today’s front pages, courtesy of newseum.org.

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ANALYSIS

Domestically, two stories received big traction today. The first is a pending trade deal with Pacific Rim counties, which the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post all made either their lead stories or featured it prominently on their front pages. Interestingly, most of the stories focused on the politics, in which President Obama and the Republican Party are strangely paired together against the Democratic Party, which opposes the deal. Once again, the traditional media seems focused on conflict rather than offering substantive analysis of details of the trade agreement and what it means to normal Americans.

Also surprising is how much attention leading American newspapers gave to e-cigarettes, or vaping.  Three newspapers, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and New York Times, put this story above the fold. The stories reported on a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported usage of electronic cigarettes tripled among high school students from 2013 to 2014. This news come out just as their is a major effort in California to increase taxes on all cigarettes, raise the smoking age to 21,  and to further limit where e-cigarettes can be consumed.  Here is a link to a story about that campaign by California public health officials.

In other news, once again terrorism, or conflict in the Middle East surfaced on most of the papers, with nine of the 12 papers including terrorism, Yemen or Syria in their headlines.

WEEK SIX FRONT PAGES

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With images, courtesy of newseum.org. For analysis, visit here 

http://todaysfrontpages.blogspot.com/

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Recent reviews and other writings in OC Weekly

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Stages produces two comedies.

Interview with SCR’s head honcho, Marc Masterston

Feature story on Cynthia Ryanen

Feature story on the inspiring Jim Porter

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Second week of blog project, today’s front pages (click on link)

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http://todaysfrontpages.blogspot.com/2015/03/blog-post-2-march-16.html

Just in case it doesn’t come up, following is an MS Word with the images and the analysis.

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