Front Page Friday: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It is that time of the week again. It is time to look at my favorite newspaper front page of the week.

As always, I culled through the front pages shown at Newseum.org and picked my favorite.

So here it is:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This is the front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from April 23, 2010 (via Newseum.org).

Today the St. Louis Post-Dispatch caught my eye. Not because of any compelling art piece or graphical design element. No. This page got chosen because of a story.

If you’ll look toward the bottom on the left-hand side, there is a story with a headline saying, “Whitney R. Harris, Nazi war crimes prosecutor, dies at 97.”

That jumped out at me. Why? Because interesting stories are fading away with each passing year.

Maybe a story was done on Harris before his death. Maybe not. If not, that’s a tragedy.

So many World War II veterans and others like Harris that played a role in our history are dying, and their stories are largely going untold.

Journalists everywhere should make an effort to find and report the stories of such people who led incredible lives.

Personally, I am going to make an effort to do just that in the area I live. I just hope I find the stories before it’s too late.

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Todd R. Vogts, MJE, is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association, among others. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at twitter.com/toddvogts or via his website at www.toddvogts.com.