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Times Editor Chris Lopez's weblog

Monday, April 04, 2005

Pope material

A conversation in our daily Page 1 planning meeting this afternoon was how to play the ongoing story of the death of John Paul II. A lot of sentiment among the editors that they have Pope burnout and they fear the same of our readers. Only problem is we have no true way of gauging how readers are accepting the coverage until the following morning when they'll call. We have our instincts and our own gut reactions. Our decision was to play a lead photo image of the pilgrams turning out for the public viewing of His Holiness. The crowds are amazing and the photographs are the strongest we see for Tuesday's newspaper. The Pope's burial aside, our front page looks at the growing fight between California nurses and the governator, a new housing trend in the city of Walnut Creek, and a story on the awarding of the Medal of Honor to the family of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. We selected the Medal of Honor story because it's the first Medal of Honor awarded by the president for bravery in the Iraq war.


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