Monday, June 25, 2012

The Times' Deadline Problem

Sandusky front page

The Jerry Sandusky verdict came down on Friday at 10 p.m. Eastern -- 7 p.m. Pacific. That's a scramble for the East Coast newspapers to get something, anything on their front pages. For the West Coast, however, it was a breeze. Plenty of time to tear up P1 and get the biggest news of the day on the cover.

Except at the L.A. Times. As is well known by now, the LAT shuts the door on the "A" news section at 6 p.m., as Tribune uses the press to print other papers as well. The "LATEXTRA" section was created in order to catch late-breaking news, and indeed Saturday's LATEXTRA bannered the Sandusky news. But for folks glancing at the Saturday page one covers from all over the region, the news was strangely absent from the L.A. Times. Here's how other papers nearby covered it:

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Above: the Bakersfield Californian, Daily Breeze, Daily News, Fresno Bee, Oakland Tribune and the Sacramento Bee.

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