Sunday, November 9, 2008

Kudos for Post Election Cover

I thought the Sentinel had an elegant cover the day after the general election. I'm referring to the one with the portrait of Obama on the cover. Very elegant and understated, much like the man himself.

I also bought a paper that showed Obama on the stage at Grant Park with his daughters; the headline stated, "This Is Your Victory." Photo was poor. I don't think it was as effective as the portrait of Obama.

If you browsed the front pages at the Newseum, the Obama portrait stood out in a sea of sameness (including headlines; not a whole lot of originality there). So, kudos for this cover.

Meanwhile, Tribune put out a press release touting the demand for the post-election paper. Noticed the Orlando Sentinel expected the least demand of all the major papers, about 12,000 additional copies printed. Perhaps this is a reflection of Central Florida's GOP-dominated politics. If not, I'm afraid to say it may be a reflection of the continuing decline in readers.

Here are the numbers, as reported by Tribune. Bear in mind the figures may have changed since they were originally reported November 5.

Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun-Sentinel each printed an additional 12,000 copies. Not too impressive for a battleground state, and puzzling for the much sought after I-4 corridor that turned blue. (Broward County was already blue.)

The Chicago Tribune printed and expected to sell an additional 200,000 copies.

The Los Angeles Times expected to sell more than 100,000 copies.

The Baltimore Sun doubled its normal press run whatever that is.

The Hartford Courant printed an additional 15,000 copies.

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