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USA Today uses new Facebook faces on front page

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by murphyc, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. murphyc

    murphyc Well-Known Member

    USA Today | Today's Front Pages | Newseum

    I guess I understand using the Facebook images in the sense that we're in a digital world and all that, but putting the faces on each story looks tacky to me. Not to mention the extra work it creates for page designers. My biggest fear in this would be a story being put on at the last minute and a wrong face being grabbed, i.e. a happy face with a story about someone being killed.
  2. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    We started using faces with our beat reporters a few months ago. Believe it or not, we have "happy" faces and "neutral" faces to prevent, say, there being a happy face from the NASCAR writer when somebody dies in a race.
  3. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    When does the smiling poop emoji make an appearance?
  4. SBR

    SBR Member

    Man, I am all for experimenting with design and trying to make the dead-tree product as "interactive" as possible, but that looks cheesy as hell, and it doesn't really tell me anything.

    Your headline or your photo should communicate whatever emotion is associated with a story. I don't see what this adds other than clutter.
  5. TyWebb

    TyWebb Well-Known Member

    This is so fucking stupid. :mad:
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  6. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    That has to be a one-day thing, what with the refer to the story about Facebook introducing the faces. I'm saving my facepalm for if they do it again tomorrow.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    A lot of people use a picture of their dog or their kid for their Facebook profile. Be fun to see that pop up.
  8. MNgremlin

    MNgremlin Active Member

    What Facebook faces? I'm confused. EDIT: Oh this was from Friday, never mind.
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