A front page without stories — or headlines

by andybechtel

A story in Editor & Publisher discusses how The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., has covered the fire that killed seven college students. That news has dominated the front page for the past two days, as well it should.

What’s unexpected about this front page is the lack of a traditional story and the lack of a dominant headline, or any real headlines at all. Cutlines and images make up the bulk of this presentation, with a chunk of text offering an overview of developments. Blurbs at the bottom of the page send readers inside the section for traditional stories.

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