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.”
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.
Los Angeles Times
Tampa Bay Times
The Villages (Fla.) Daily Sun
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Idaho State Journal
The Buffalo News
The New Orleans Times-Picayune
The Washington Post
Kansas City Star
The New York Daily News
New York Post
San Diego Union-Tribune
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
El Paso Times
The Desert Sun
The Arizona Republic
(Ali died in a Phoenix-area hospital)
There’s more on the SD Facebook feeds.