2008 Democratic National Convention
Denver, Colorado  August 25-28, 2008
Front Page Coverage of:
Day Before
Aug. 24, 2008
(Aug. 25 Newspapers)

Day One
Aug. 25, 2008
(Aug. 26 Newspapers)
Day Two
Aug. 26, 2008
(Aug. 27 Newspapers)

Day Three
Aug. 27, 2008
(Aug. 28 Newspapers)

Day Four
Aug. 28, 2008
(Aug. 29 Newspapers)

Summary: Based on an "at a glance" look at a number of front pages, headlines and articles emphasized the historical nature of Sen. Obama becoming the first African American nominee of a major party.  Sen. Biden's speech received a lot of front page coverage, while former President Bill Clinton's obtained minor notice on front pages.  The most frequent images appeared to be Biden and Obama on the stage after Biden's speech.  NEWSEUM


Denver Post
"NOMINEES' NIGHT / Biden takes swings at Republican McCain after Obama wins historic party nod" - Michael Riley (DP).
Medium shot of Sen. Biden and Sen. Obama on stage after Biden's speech; Biden's arm is around Obama and he is looking at him. - John Leyba, The Denver Post.

...below the fold
"Former president makes it clear he's in Obama's corner" Michael Booth (DP).

...below the fold
Small photo of delegates cheering. - John Leyba, The Denver Post.
(bottom of page) Head shot of Obama.

Rocky Mountain News
"Obama's in the house / United Democrats acclaim senator first African-American nominee"
Medium shot of Obama holding mic and speaking, left arm reaching out, while Biden looks on and applauds.

New York Times
"Heralding New Course, Democrats Nominate Obama / Bill Clinton and Biden Offer a Strong Push" - Adam Nagourney.
"For a New Political Age, a Self-Made Man" - Jodi Kantor.
Medium wide shot of Virgina delegate June Van Ostern, more delegates, stage, lights.

...below the fold
"45 Years Later, Witnesses to Dr. King's Dream See a New Hope" - Michael Powell.
...below the fold
Medium shot of Biden, grandson Hunter, and Barack Obama. -Brendan Smalowsky for the NYT.

Washington Post (Final Edition) "Democrats Nominate Obama / Candidate Gets Boost From the Clintons as He Becomes The First African American to Lead a Major Party Ticket" - Dan Balz and Anne E. Kornblut (WP).
Sen. Biden and Sen Obama, signs in the background. - Susan Biddle, Washington Post.

...below the fold
[Bill] "Clinton Thinking About Tomorrow" - David Maraniss and Robert Miller (WP)
"Obama Team Works With Hill Democrats" - Jonathan Weisman (WP).
...below the fold
MCU of Bill Clinton speaking, fists raised. - Washington Post.

Los Angeles Times "It's unanimous and historic / Democrats come together to name Barack Obama the first black major-party presidential nominee" - Mark Z. Barabak (LAT).
"Biden family ties pose questions" - Chuck Neubauer and Tom Hamburger (LAT).
Small CU, tight crop of Joe Biden waving. - Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times.
Large illustration MCU of Obama dominates. - Roberto Parada for the Times.

...below the fold
"In search of identity" - Thomas Curwen (LAT).

Boston Globe "Biden comes out punching / Obama's No. 2 ties McCain to Bush policies, faults judgment" - Scott Helman (BG).
MW shot of Obama embracing Biden as Jill Biden looks on; delegates/signs in background. Stephan Savoia, AP.

...below the fold
"Changing of the guard" - Joseph Williams (BG)
...below the fold
Small head shots of Cory Booker and Jesse Jackson Jr.; larger shot of Bill Clinton - Damir Sagol, Reuters.

Chicago Tribune
(Chicago Final)

"Obama sets sights on date with history" - Christi Parsons and John McCormick (Trib.).
Small photo of Mayor Richard Daley and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.. - no credit.
(Note: Dominant photo is parents and kids walking along a busy road to protest bus cuts).

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