Front Page Friday: The Daily Union

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 and picked my favorite.

So here it is:

The Daily Union

This is the front page from the April 30, 2010 Daily Union in Junction City, Kan. (via

This week, I looked to Kansas for an interesting front page because I didn’t want to look at any more of the oil spill coverage, and as luck should have it, I found a good one.

The Daily Union in Junction City, Kan., had a cool front page today. No, the design isn’t mind-blowing. It’s clean but nothing special.

What caught my eye was the centerpiece story. The headline read: “Ringers wanted: Volunteers restoring South Park shoe pits

The Daily Union is, as the name indicates, a daily newspaper, yet they have a small-town feel. A large newspaper would never run a horse shoe story on the front page, unless maybe some died from a shoe thrown astray.

This is Kansas, though. And even in a moderately sized town, a good story is a good story.

I love seeing these kinds of stories. Anything that showcases small-town Kansas is great in my book, and I think the work those volunteers are doing is great. Every Kansan needs to work to preserve their hometowns.

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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., 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 (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. 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 or via his website at