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, Obama's speech was the lead story.  The word "historic" appears frequently.  Many papers ran news analysis pieces on page one.  Photo editors had a lot of choices, for example Obama solo or with family or use a close up or wide shot.  Some of the more interesting images were wide shots taken right from the side of the stage showing Obama and the massive crowd.  NEWSEUM


Denver Post and Politico
"OBAMA'S PROMISE / On historic night, nominee vows path to prosperity, justice" - Michael Riley and Karen E. Crummy (DP)
MCU of Obama applauding before his speech. - Andy Cross, The Denver Post.  Photo is run very large and fills much of the page.

Rocky Mountain News
"'Time to change' / Obama vows to rekindle America's promise"
Full page.  Medium shot of the Obamas on stage after his speech. Obama is waving; delegates are waving flags and signs in the background.  (Photo taken in the direction of the Texas delegation).

New York Times
(Late Edition)
"Framing Goals, Obama Takes the Fight to McCain"
"He Accepts Nod and Declares, 'We Are a Better Country Than This'" - Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny.
"[News Analysis] Bringing Lofty Words Down to Earth" - Patrick Healy.
Medium shot of Obama looking up.  Head and shoulders and a bit of teleprompter. - Damon Winter, New York Times.

Washington Post (Final Edition) "Obama, Accepting Nomination Draws Sharp Contrast With McCain / Crowd of 84,000 Hears Policy Specifics and Criticism of GOP" - Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh Murray (WP).
Wide shot of the Obamas celebrating on stage after his speech, the columned backdrop, the crowd and fireworks. - Preston Jones, The Washington Post.

...below the fold
"For the Descendants of King's Dream, a New Day Dawns" - Kevin Merida (WP).
"[Analysis] The Message That the Party Wanted to Hear" - Dan Balz (WP).
"At the Very Top of Invesco Field, Feeling More Than a Mile High" - Eli Saslow (WP).
...below the fold
MCU of Obama delivering his speech.
- Preston Jones, The Washington Post.

Los Angeles Times "'We are a better country than this' / Sharply rebuking the GOP and McCain, Obama says 8 years is enough" - Mark Z. Barabak (LAT).
"A day like a dream" - James Rainey (LAT).
Wide shot from stage level Obama waving, crowd in the stadium. - Zbigniew Bedak, Chicago Tribune.

...below the fold
"[News Analysis] Obama gets it in gear" - Doyle McManus (LAT).

Boston Globe "Spelling out the change / Obama offers prescriptions for economy in acceptance speech"
(Photo runs full width of the page)  Wide shot taken at stage level shows Obama waving to the crowd in the stadium (all the way up to top level in the stands and night sky visible). - Jim Bourg, Reuters.

...below the fold
"Massive gathering on historic night" - Scott Helman (BG).
"[News Analysis] Sharp, aggressive jabs supplant soaring rhetoric" - Peter S. Canellos (BG).

Chicago Tribune "'Now is the time'/ On a historic night Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for president and declares, 'It's time for us to change America.'"
short article by Bob Sector (Trib.).
(Photo run very large, fills up about half the page)  From stage level, MW shot of Obama waving, crowd and lots of flags in the background. - Charlie Neibergall, AP.

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