Picture of a smiling man=homicide?
Dr. Jerz mentioned that the graphic of Michael Jackson on the front page was rather small. In addition to this observation I would like to point out that this picture of Jackson smiling and seemingly waving jars slightly with the headline it goes with. The corresponding headline says, “The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide, and a combination of drugs was the cause, an official says.” It seems like this isn’t a particularly happy bit of information, so why is Jackson smiling and waving? It seems like a more appropriate graphic could have been found.
Another thing I noticed was that on page A6, there is a full-page advertisement. When I was initially flipping through the paper this morning and came across this page, I did not even realize it was an advertisement. It is formatted in such a way that the reader can easily mistake it for an actual news article. I don’t think I quite approve of that. Notice that it says “Advertisement” in extremely small print at the top of the page and that is pretty much the only thing that definitively states that it is not a news article. It seems a bit like trickery to me.
Lastly, I am curious about the positioning of the sections in newspapers. For example, I noticed that in the Tribune-Review that the obituaries and death notices do not come until pages B4 & B5. In my local newspaper, obituaries are located on Page A2. So why the difference?
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