Front Page Friday: Sunday Round-up

This week, I decided to wait until Sunday to see what all the newspapers in the country were up to since Sunday is typically the day of the week that has the largest paper. This is because many people only subscribe to the Sunday paper due to the larger number of advertising inserts.

I found four front pages that jumped out at me. I will be giving a brief critique of each.

The Daily Bee

This is the front page from the Idaho Daily Bee on Jan. 29, 2012 (via

This is the front page from the Daily Bee of Sandpoint, Idaho.

This one jumped out at me because of how poorly it was done. The main problem I have with it is the cutline of the center photo. It is smashed between the photo and the briefs running down the left-hand side of the page.

A cutline needs to have breathing room. It is too small. There isn’t adequate white space, and the color screened behind the bottom story is almost too dark to read the text. Do better next time, Bee.

The Garden Island

This is the front page of Hawaii's Garden Island from Jan. 29, 2012 (via

This front page is from Sunday’s Garden Island from the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands.

I like it because I live in Kansas and it is winter here. Seeing someone surfing makes me feel like summer is actually closer than it is. And it is a cool action photograph.

Herald Times Reporter

This is the front page of Wisconsin's Herald Times Reporter from Jan. 29, 2012 (via

The entire center package of Sunday’s Herald Times Reporter of Wisconsin is fantastic. The graphics give great direction to the reader. The top graphic and photos direct the readers’ eyes across and down the page. The bullets keep the readers looking up into the package, and the photos are great.

Also, the package has a lot of refers to extra online content.

Overall, this a great, graphics-packed piece. Great work!

Tribune Star

This is the front page of the Terre Haute, Indiana, Tribune Star from Jan. 29, 2012 (via

Terre Haute, Indiana’s Tribune Star on Sunday grabbed me instantly. As an educator this center package of how technology is being incorporated into the schools is very interesting to me personally. And the image of the hands using a laptop cobbed out is a great eye-catching graphic. The drop-cap was done in a very cool font.

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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