Muhammad Ali: How We Covered His Death

The death of Muhammad Ali – a week ago tonight — was one of those rare universals in 2016 journalism, where the reaction and coverage across the industry was as one. It was front-page news and leads on digital platforms around the world.

What follows is a selection of pages and coverage, originally shared at the SportsDesigner Facebook feed, from Saturday and Sunday after Ali’s death.

Leading off, the 24-page special section produced by Gannett’s Louisville Design Studio for the Louisville Courier-Journal.

It was prepared in advanced and readied in less than 24 hours for publication, according to Ryan Hildebrandt: “We’ve had this section done in some form for at least six years, and we’ve changed it three times in that span.”

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What about everyone else? Let’s see.

The New York Times’ next-day section front, which was followed by an insightful look into the production and press-stopping.

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Los Angeles Times

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Tampa Bay Times

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The Villages (Fla.) Daily Sun

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St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Idaho State Journal

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The Buffalo News

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The New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Chicago Tribune

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The Washington Post

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Kansas City Star

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The New York Daily News

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Seattle Times

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New York Post

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Reno Gazette-Journal

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San Diego Union-Tribune

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Chicago Sun-Times

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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The National

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Houston Chronicle

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El Paso Times

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The Desert Sun

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The Arizona Republic

(Ali died in a Phoenix-area hospital)

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There’s more on the SD Facebook feeds.

About Josh Crutchmer

is design and graphics editor at The Plain Dealer.

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