Week 5 blog post no images

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Today’s front pages, week five (April 6).
For some reason, the images I capture via newseum.org are not available the day after they run. I have tried every conceivable method, but have no luck. So, for today, I have decided to put them all in a MSWORD file, that you can find here:
https://joel55.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/495/LA Times
Russia, presidential campaign, Dodger Opening day, Kenya massacre (terrorism), Rolling stone retraction

USA TODAY, Kenya, March Madness, baseball opening day, Rolling Stone, Je Suis Charlie (Terrorism)

Washington post: IRan nuclear deal, Yemen (Terrorism), baseball, Rand Paul, rolling stone retraction

NYT California drought, Iran nuclear deal, Rolling stone retraction, Kenya (terrorism)

London Times Terrorism

Wall Street Journal: Iran nuclear deal, Rand PAul, Yemen (terrorism),, rollin gstone retraction

Wall Street Journal Asia:, Iran nuclear deal, Yemen (terrorism)

International papers: Most local coverage, although both Israeli newspapers lead with the Iranian nuclear deal.

ANALYSIS Once again this week, the Middle east dominates the front pages of the English-language newspapers sampled today. Every American newspaper mentioned the recent massacre in Kenya, which is directly linked to terrorism and the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, both the U.S. and the Asian version, led with the Iranian nuclear deal. Both newspapers printed in Israel also led with the Iranian nuclear deal.
In some fashion, every newspaper but the Japan Times mentioned terrorism in some fashion.

Rand Paul’s expected announcement for his bid to claim the Republican nomination also factored in domestic newspapers, as did opening day for the Major League Baseball season and the NCAA men’s championship game tonight.

Another story that was mentioned on the front pages of most domestic newspapers was a report from the Columbia School of Journalism on a story that ran last year in Stone. The report is highly critical of the story, which the magazine has now admitted suffered major flaws in its reporting.


Week four blog post no images

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Today’s Front Pages Week four

All images courtesy of newseum.org. Images did not stay up

Analysis of today’s front pages:
Once again, the Middle East dominates the major English-language newspapers sampled today.Of the 12, all had prominent stories on the Iranian nuclear negotiations and/or the creation of an Arab military force. The Iranian nuclear deal was the lead story in the New York Times,Wall Street Journal Asia Edition, Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, and mentioned on the front page of the Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times and USA Today.
The creation of a joint Arab military force was the lead story in the Washington Post, USA Today, LA times, Arab News and Egypt’s the Daily News and mentioned on the front page of the New York Times, Chicago Tribune. Interestingly, a story ran on the front page of the Jerusalem Post about how Israel is “rooting” for Saudi Arabia in Yemen, which would appear a tacit endorsement of Arab states creating a military force to combat terrorists. None of the Wall Street Journal editions mentioned the creation of the Arab Military Force.
In other news, most American papers prominently featured the Final Four on their front pages, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post all ran stories about the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

The takeaway from this is that Iran remains the single most compelling story for most major newspapers, as both the negotiations over its nuclear program and its alleged support of terrorist factions that the Arab military force was allegedly created to combat, make it intimately involved in each.

Week three blog post, no images

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 March, 23, 2015
All images courtesy of newseum


Yemen, Syria, Ted Cruz, English king, Singapore leader

Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Hillary Clinton, Singapore leader, New York Fire


Yemen, New York Fire, Singapore leader


Ted Cruz, Singapore leader, (with photo of Hillary Clinton), Muslims in France


Afghanistan, Cruz


Clinton, Cruz, Yemen

7. Jerusalem Post

Iran nuclear negotiations, Israel politics, Hamas, New York Fire

8. Haaretz (Israel)

Yemen, Iran nuclear talks, Israeli politics
9. Arab News (Saudi Arabia)
Oil, IS, Islamaphobia

 10. Wall STreet Journal European edition

Yemen, Adidas, China, Cruz

11. Wall Street Journal Asian edition

China, Yemen, Iranian nuclear talks
12. The London Times



Clearly, the Middle East remains the focal point of the editors at the English language newspapers sampled today.Stories, images, or blurbs about the descent into turmoil in Yemen are prominently featured on seven of the 13 front pages. The Iran negotiations are mentioned in three and all but two newspapers (The Japan Times and Chicago Tribune)  mentions something that is terrorism  related.
Ted Cruz’ announcement that he will run for the Republican nomination for U.S. President is the lead story in both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and is mentioned in three other papers.

Interestingly, the New York Times doesn’t mention Cruz’ announcement, yet does feature a small photo of Hillary Clinton with former Singapore leader Lee Kuan Yew, who died Sunday. His death was mentioned on four of the newspapers, signifying how important that small country is in terms of global economics.

The devastating fire in Brooklyn that killed seven children, was the main image on both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and is also mentioned on the Jerusalem Post.

Week two blog post (some images)

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Blog Post 2, March 16

TODAY’S FRONT PAGES, March 16, 2015

Note: All images courtesy of newseum.org.
ANALYSIS: Tuesday’s parliamentary election in Israel and concerns over China’s growing economic clout dominated the 12 American and international papers sampled today.

      Four newspapers either made Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s challenge to hold on as leader of the Israeli government their main story or main picture, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Israel’s Hareetz and the Wall Street Journal European edition, with the Los Angeles Times and the London Times also mentioning in on their front pages.

      Interestingly, most of the headlines paint Netanyahu in an underdog position, with the New York Times focusing its story on the rise of Arab parties in Israel, and other headlines using words like he was “pleading” for votes, Israelis may be “tiring” of him and he is “mobilizing forces” at “the last-minute.” Only one newspaper, the London Times, mentioned Netanayhu’s battle in a positive light.
      There were also mentions of Middle East-related news involving ISIS, Syria, and the ongoing talks with Iran over its nuclear program on six of the 11 front pages.

      Economic stories involving China were also prominent, with four newspapers mentioning China’s growing strength in the worldwide economic market.

      Also of note was a story about a suicide bomber in Pakistan who killed 13 people. While two newspapers, the Arab News in Kuwait, and the Wall Street Journal’s Asian edition, featured the attack on their front pages, no other newspaper did.

      However, The tabloid-edsque story of Robert Durst, a wealthy scion of New York’s most prominent real estate developer and the subject of an ongoing HBO documentary, received heavy coverage, with the Durst story the main article in both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

       On a lighter note, Selection Sunday, the day when the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament is announced, was mentioned on the front pages of all five U.S. newspapers.
       Taken as a whole, today’s sample seems to suggest that the Middle East, politically and militarily speaking, and China, economically speaking, were the main stories of the day, at least Sunday evening.

Introduction: What this blog is all about

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WHAT THIS BLOG IS ALL ABOUT (From site admin and writer Joel Beers)

This is a blog created as part of a class I am currently enrolled in at California State University, Fullerton: Comm 422, Information Technologies, taught by Karla Yarbrough.

Beginning Monday, March 9, I will capture screen shots of physical front pages of major media news sites ranging from the NY Times and USA Today, to English-language international newspapers, such as the U.K’s The Guardian, and Israel’s The Jerusalem Post.
I will retrieve these images each Monday for six weeks at 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, and will  contribute my perspective on what these outlets determine are the main stories of the day, and offer my thoughts on any perceived slant or bias, as well as weigh in on any perceived agenda setting.
Now, some might say, “who cares? No one reads newspapers anymore, especially physical newspapers, except for people traveling on planes that day.”
While it is true that far more people get their news on-line, particularly on mobile devices, it’s also true that with the news cycle in constant 24/7 turnover mode, and all newspapers updating their digital sites at different times, it’s impossible to fix a set benchmark for comparison. In contrast, the physical copies of the newspaper are what editors and designers put advance thought into, particularly for the Monday editions, since they are “put to bed”  earlier than other editions.And since the goal of this project is to detect any slant, or bias, in  what is deemed “the most newsworthy,” both in terms of the individual sites, as well as collectively, I think comparing the Monday morning editions of physical newspapers is valid.
So please peruse and feel free to comment, positively or negatively to my analysis.
Also, all printed editions are courtesy of Newseum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit initiative with a physical building educational center in that city, as well as a vibrant on-line presence. It’s a valuable resource for journalism students, practitioners, teachers, and anyone with an interest in journalism.

Week one blog post (no images)

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Blog post 1, Monday March 9, 2015

Due to admin error (i.e., trying to figure this out) the images from week one did not properly upload. Analysis below the non-images.

Today’s Front Pages: Monday, March 9

Note: All images courtesy of newseum.org.

Analysis, musings, etc. beneath last image (bottom of page)

 New york times (U.S. Edition)

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USA Today

Wall Street Journal (U.S. Edition)


The Jerusalem Post

7.  Arab News (Saudi Arabia)

The Guardian (U.K)

 Wall Street Journal (Europe Edition)

Wall Street Journal Asia

China Daily

Japan Times

The International News (Pakistan)

The Korea Times


The hunt for the killers of a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton’s travails, international women’s rights, and Isis/terrorism, are featured in some fashion on most of the English-language newspapers sampled today.

Prominent photos, or stories, of suspects detained in the Putin-related death are featured on the NY Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and all three Wall Street Journal editions. Interestingly, none of the international papers (ones in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China, Israel or Japan) mention the story on their front pages.

Some mention of Hillary Clinton or women’s rights are featured on five of the front pages, including a story on women’s rights in Israel from the Jerusalem Post.

Domestically, the 50th anniversary of Selma received some traction, particularly in USA Today, but overall,  stories about ISIS, Iran and terrorist seemed to be a throughline, as seven newspapers featured some aspect of those issues on their front pages, including two stories in the Jerusalem Post about efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

There was also a smattering of anti-China and anti-Russian stories, particularly in the Los Angeles Times and the UK’s Guardian.

Two tech stories surfaced on different papers: the Apple Watch and the Yik Yak social media site.

International papers tended to focus on domestic issues.

So, in a nutshell, Russia–both in terms of who killed Boris Nemtsov and its actions in the Ukraine–, terrorism, and, at least for American papers, Hillary Clinton, dominated this small sampling.