Thursday, October 6, 2011

California newspapers dedicate their front pages to tributes to Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs

Newspapers in the U.S., for the most, led their editions today with the sad news that Steve Jobs, co-founder of what became today Apple Inc. had died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Most major newspapers gave the story plenty of space, though some newspapers in the South seemed to not be aware of the story or downplayed it. The Atlanta Journal Constitution led with a splash the story that Sarah Palin would not run for President in 2012, dedicating only a couple of inches to the Jobs story.

California newspaper front pages courtesy of Newseum.

Not surprisingly, the news of Jobs death dominated the front pages of California newspapers, where he presence was felt most. The Daily News, the Palo Alto daily newspaper which would be probably considered the hometown paper for Apple (Palo Alto is home to Stanford University and only minutes away from Apple's Cupertino headquarters), dedicated almost its entire front page, saving only a sliver at the bottom for a story about a shooting which of almost the entire day surely appeared to be the lead story.

Hearst's San Francisco Chronicle had the most beautiful font page which featured a large black & white image of Jobs as a younger man, probably the way he, himself would have liked to be remembered. The headline read "The man who saw the future".

The San Diego Union Tribune ran a nice photo of Jobs in silhouette under a large Apple logo.

Many papers were forced to pick up the actual story from other sources in order to build their front pages. The McClatchy owned Sacramento Bee picked up a story written by David Sarno and Christopher Goffard of the Los Angeles Times, while the Union Tribune used a NYT News Service story by John Markoff.