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Should Wheldon story have been A1 in the NYT?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Dick Whitman, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    We discussed the placement of the Steve Jobs obit. What about Wheldon? There is a tease to sports at the bottom of A1, but no separate story.

    Should there have been? Did the New York Times drop the ball today? East Coast bias?

    YGBFKM Guest

    Only if Hines Ward belongs in the Hall of Fame.

    Seriously, no. He wasn't even remotely well known enough to merit such a thing. Big sports story, but the front page of the Times? Come on, man!
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    The reigning Indy 500 champion died in a fiery, horrifying wreck on live television that involved 15 cars. On a slow news day. That's a story that goes beyond the mere name recognition of the driver. If Dan Wheldon dies in a farming accident next November, it shouldn't get that placement. But this time? These circumstances? Absolutely.

    YGBFKM Guest

  5. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Definitely a matter of news judgment.

    But I think the things you pointed out are the reasons it got teased on A1 rather than ignored.
  6. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    Have to admit, I was curious myself about where some big U.S. papers played this story, so I spent some time at newseum.org.

    Indy Star had a 1A story (since Wheldon won Indy 500) and the Las Vegas RJ did, too, of course (since it was a local story). New York Post had it on the cover, but I suspect it was mainly because they could run a big photo of an explosion next to the words "ORGY SPREE" in 200-point type (for a story about Dominique Strauss-Kahn's exploits).

    By and large, though, most big papers -- both east coast and west coast -- had nothing more than 1A teases: LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Philly Inq, Boston Globe, Denver Post. UK papers (he's from England) didn't appear to have it out front, either, but that's probably more a factor of the time difference.

    St. Petersburg Times had a full story on 1A, naturally (he lived in St. Petersburg). Surprisingly, the crosstown rival Tampa Tribune did not (1A tease).

    My magazine interviewed him three years ago for an at-home profile. Nice guy. Sad news.
  7. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Tease off A1 except for the notable papers mentioned above -- Las Vegas, Indy, St. Pete -- is appropriate. Curious how it was played in sports sections, especially on an NFL Monday. Here, it was lower part of the cover with secondary photo. NLCS clincher was pushed inside to page 6.
  8. Den1983

    Den1983 Active Member

    We're a 16K daily and we had it on 1B. Like someone said, slow news day.
  9. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    We stripped it across the top of sports. I wasn't on duty, but left one specific instruction: No driver's ed-like photos.
  10. Desk_dude

    Desk_dude Member

    The networks led with the story on Monday night.
  11. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    It wasn't even on the front page of the Washington Post's sports section. Indycar racing is on par with women's golf around here though.
  12. 1HPGrad

    1HPGrad Member

    It's on par with women's golf at almost every paper except one. The 500 is special. The series is not. This is a different discussion if it's Danica or Helio, the only two names non-IndyCar fans might know.

    Changing gears for a second...Does the Post have a separate Redskins section or just turn the sports cover over to them?
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