FROM EMILY KILLIAN comes a package of two pages recently published in The Shelby Star.
“One of our reporters put together an extensive look into the circumstances surrounding a young habitual runaway who was recently found dead. She poured a lot of work into the project, so we wanted to make the presentation special.
The only elements we had to work with originally were a terrible mug of her and a photo of a cross our photographer took while at the place where her body was found. We knew that we wanted it to be a one-story front with the story continued inside. The goal was to keep the look relatively consistent between the front page and the inside page.”
The front page is above. The jump follows.
FROM ED: An old newsguy like me just has to ask if a one-story front is the way to go—unless it’s a story of maximum importance to the majority of your readers. Makes me wonder if this is just overdone. I understand that you wanted to give it special play because of the reporter’s special effort—but is that the right reason for doing this? Seems to me that thinking puts the reporter first…and readers second.
Let’s see what others say.