SXSW Interactive 2016

Front pages are changing, but they still matter


Newspapers may be dying, but when major news breaks anywhere around the world, they still have the ability to capture and freeze a moment better than any other medium. Some, like the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, have changed how it approaches the front. That was most evident in Ferguson. Some, like the Charleston Post and Courier, use it to send powerful messages. And some, like Sentinel and Enterprise, have even given it over to an artist for 26 days as a public art installation. Why are front pages still so powerful? And what do newsrooms need to do to make the most of this space? How else could it be used?

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  1. Why are newspaper front pages still so powerful?
  2. How are newspapers changing how they use the front page to reach people?
  3. What do newspapers need to do to make the most of this space, both in print and digital?



Kristen Hare, Reporter, The Poynter Institute

Meta Information:

  • Tags: newspaper, media, design
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Content and Distribution
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced

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