Newspapers Capture Important Historical Moment With a Single Word

Roy Peter Clark reports on Osama Bin Laden’s coverage within newspapers:

Poynter’s St. Petersburg Times’ headline measured in at a full 5 inches of uppercase san serif type (535 points). The only Times headlines that Poynter librarian David Shedden could find that were larger appeared on extra editions on the attack on Pearl Harbor (WAR) and D-Day (INVASION).

Newsday and the Baltimore Sun also used the DEAD hed; the Virginian-Pilot went for DEAD, but with red letters, now known forevermore as the red DEAD hed.

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