Newspaper porn. I’m a post-election addict. Not gonna lie.

Posted on November 7, 2012

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Newspaper porn

It is porn to me. Newspaper porn. Front page newspaper porn to be specific. I’ve been in the newspaper business my whole life from when I was a wee young paperboy passing Chicago Tribunes before the sun  even peeked out. It has been exciting to go from that to being an editor for the largest newsweekly in Florida. Plate room, paste up, photographer, designer, writer, editor. I’ve seen it all. I’ve loved it all. Newspapers do it for me, ok.

So I will admit that big national events put me in the mood for a surf to Newseum.org for a taste of what designers all over the world are doing with news presentation. The re-election of Barack brought some very memorable covers, images and headlines. I literally open every cover. From all over the world.

And I trance out a little.

Of course there were the “Obama wins,” “Four more years,” “OBAMA” and “Forward” for headlines. Yawn.

A few had some more clever ones, however. If you live in Hawaii you awoke to “Hana Hou” accompanying a family shot of the Obamas, used as a favorite all over the U.S. “Obama Rolls” takes on a few meanings I suppose—especially when you are from Oakland. Chicago Sun Times reminded us of an old Stevie Wonder song with the headline “Signed. Sealed. Delivered.” I really loved Cape Cod Times’ “He’s BA(ra)CK!”

But I did have some favorites. I liked what Burlington Free Press did. Clean. Strong. Oshkosh Northwestern had the best shot of Obama I think. So fired up. There was some energy  in the electoral numbers accompanying the photo, tilted slightly. I loved the Times minimalist approach.

Overall though, as exciting as the election was to me, carrying with it a significance I may only grasp more clearly years from now, I find my exhilarating concentration on these newspaper covers. I’ve downloaded a bunch of them and mixed them together to put a big poster up on my bedroom wall. Newspaper porn. I’m addicted. To see them yourself head to www.newseum.org

You can follow my nerdiness at www.twitter.com/ericraddatz. I have other interests too, I promise.

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