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#DO52 WEEK 34: NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT POEMS

#DO52 is a weekly project to inspire you to create more art!  We’ll announce a new theme each week. Post your submission in the blog comments.  We’ll feature our favorites in this blog the following Friday.

#DO52week34: Write a poem by blacking out text in the newspaper!

  • Have you guys heard of Austin Kleon? Austin is a New York Times bestselling author of three illustrated books, and we’re taking a page out of those books this week! One of Austin’s projects that we love is called Newspaper Blackout Poems, which he writes by blacking out unwanted text in newspaper articles to reveal a hidden poem.

Here are some examples via Austin’s website:

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Don’t forget to head back to last week’s #DO52 to check out who was immortalized on currency!

I woke up thinking about this photo this morning. In 2009, just more than a year after I started there, the News Leader in Staunton, Virginia mothballed the press and outsourced the printing to another newspaper. Workers used compressed air to blow paper dust off the surfaces. The space is now a CrossFit gym. It was the beginning of a cost-cutting effort that led to yet more layoffs and centralization of design and editing in Gannett hubs around the country. Just recently Gannett has announced that it plans to “spin off” the publishing arm of the company to focus on digital and broadcast. I’m not sure what that means, but I predict it means more job loss. 

There are times that I miss newspapers, but I am forever thankful for the skills I learned from working at a daily newspapers. I will treasure the camaraderie of a newsroom, there is nothing like it anywhere else. What I do not miss is the fear of losing my job and the absence of life outside work. 

"The greatest continuing news story in the history of man has begun," The Times declared on June 6, 1944, better known as D-day. The declaration came not in the text of the story on the front page, but in the box you see at the bottom. It promised "the detailed story of the invasion, complete with all the available maps and pictures," delivered with "speed, thoroughness and accuracy."

You can see how some of that coverage played out in the days that followed here, and here are photos of people reading the front page you see above.

- Laura E. Davis

This is the actual headline used by the New York Post for a story about a young woman murdered by someone who buried her alive.

"Worst first date ever."

For when you’d like some misogyny in your journalism.

St. Louis Dispatch

Its coverage can be read here.

Related, via PoynterHow St. Louis’ Alt-Weekly is Covering Ferguson:

The episode has exhausted the reporters, many of whom worked long hours with little sleep in between. Lindsay Toler, a news blogger, was halfway through a bottle of Busch at a cash-only dive bar on Sunday when she saw TV reports of the chaos in Ferguson. She left without saying a word to her friends and spent the rest of the night monitoring the story on Twitter. She estimates she has worked several 12-hour days since then, with about five hours of sleep daily. Lussenhop said she and her fellow journalists are running on about three to five hours of sleep most days. Garrison tried to convince his reporters to take a break, but they resisted. On Thursday, he edited a story from an wiped-out reporter who spelled “Ferguson” four different ways…

…Because of the scope of the story, the paper has devoted most of its small editorial staff to covering Ferguson. Of the 39 stories published on the paper’s news blog last week, 34 of them were about the suburb. The other five were written before the shooting. 

Image: Detail, front page, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Google just launched this treasure trove of old, extinct newspapers, indexed for the internet. Google says this new feature is best used by, typing ‘site:google.com/newspapers, followed by the search terms you’d like to use. For example, if you’re searching for a scanned article on the Berlin wall, you would typing in: site:google.com/newspapers “the Berlin wall”.’

Illustration: Jan. 1, 1910 issue of L’abeille de la Nouvelle-Orleans, a New Orleans-based newspaper that ran from Jan. 1, 1846 - Dec, 28, 1929, covering some of the most tumultuous times in the American South, including the end of slavery, the U.S. Civil War and Black Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1929. 

The front page of Marca after Spain’s elimination from the World Cup. Six years of greatness, over. Let’s not forget just how dominant that run of three consecutive major tournament victories was.

The problem is that football is unforgiving, punishing you if you rely on the same group for too long, which is what happened to La Furia Roja.

El rey ha muerto. Viva el rey.

(Hat tip for Marca cover: Romenesko)

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