With 15 candidates to date in the Republican field for the New Hampshire Primary, we thought it would be fun to give readers a chance to see how many of them they could identify by sight. This was our A1 centerpiece on a slow visuals day; the only other art on the page was (you guessed it) another mugshot.
This A1 centerpiece was all about the high-end real estate market in NH. I did the design as well as the graphic showing the number of $1 million-plus listings in each region of the state, along with the towns in each region with the most.
Matt Dion disappeared after his family home went up in flames in March 2014, shortly before his parents’ strangled bodies were found inside. He was captured 14 months later in Florida. My map highlighted the few places Dion was known to have been while on the run.
People love pet stories, and they had to love this one about NH’s official state dog breed, the Chinook, making its debut at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Fun story and photos by Shawne Wickham, with a fact box I pulled together from a little web research.
File photos of shoppers, shopping carts and parking lots were the only art options for the story about Target’s cyber security breach, so I decided to build our centerpiece and its headline treatment around the retailer’s iconic logo.
We had already used the orange-jumpsuit photo of the guy accused of shooting a Manchester cop after a foot chase, so we didn’t have much art to illustrate this centerpiece. We did, however, have a great quote from another guy who told us about his own violent encounter with the shooter. Sometimes a headline can serve as the primary visual element on a page.
We weren’t expecting a photo like this when Thomas Roy went to cover the funeral for the police chief of Greenland, NH, who was killed in a shootout. But this image of a little boy watching for the funeral procession to pass his school was compelling, emotional and completely out of the ordinary, and captured the combination of curiosity and sympathy many of the people watching must have felt.
The man on the rocks gives critical perspective to this picture of a flood-damaged highway in the White Mountains. We have a 5-story count on Page 1 and try to get at least 3 story elements above the fold on most days, otherwise I’d have tried to go 6 columns with this photo.
From 2008: This front page was put together a few hours after a rare killer tornado tore a gash from south to north through eastern New Hampshire. We followed up with an eight-page special section in the Sunday paper a few days later.