Comparing the First Drafts of History

21 01 2009

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On any day that follows a moment in history like yesterday’s inauguration of Barack Obama, newspapers are at their best. And it is a great exercise to look at the different front pages to see what they all look like, which photos were used the most, etc.

For several years, the Newseum has made this easy, by showcasing the front pages of nearly every major newspaper in the country.

You can see how the Inauguration coverage looks at http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/default.asp

They do this every day, and archive the special days so you can also pick a day that has historical significance for you, such as the day Pope Benedict was chosen (or the day the Phillies won the world series).

A quick glance at the gallery view of today’s front pages shows that a photo taken by Chuck Kennedy of the McClatchy-Tribune Photo Service with a remote camera was one of the most popular. It is a great image, and there is an article about how the photo was made on the NPPA website.

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