One good thing happened Monday: it seems that all Americans came enthusiastically together for something. Yep, it was the solar eclipse, which was the first in 99 years to be seen across the entire width of the United States.
It was a day to remember for many.
Even in Tampa, Florida, my grandchildren were let out of school early, armed with special glasses to watch the eclipse safely, at around 2:49 pm. All television networks carried the event live and, for a few hours (or was it minutes?), we did not hear anything to do with Washington, White House or Trump news. Although we did get to see President Trump looking at the eclipse from the White House balcony.
The Times had a bit of fun with this headline and photo of the “disobedient” President Trump, who was not supposed to look, but did, anyway.
And the NY Daily News could not resist its hard-hitting headline.
I was fascinated by this front page of The New York Times of 1932 already forecasting that the next major solar eclipse for the United States would be August 21, 2017.
USA Today had live coverage of the event throughout, capitalizing on its 110 “sister” Gannett properties across the US. See coverage here: https://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/solar-eclipse-2017/
The New York Times photo package published today
Don’t miss the opening, which is animated and quite nice to get an idea of the eclipse’s cross-country trajectory.
CNN compiled a great collection of photos based on their morning-long coverage.
See the photos here: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/08/us/eclipse-photos/index.html?utm_source=CNN+Five+Things&utm_campaign=cf7d8d3325-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6da287d761-cf7d8d3325-83125553
Television networks covered the eclipse in minute detail, with scientists and astronomers explaining the eclipse, and reporters sent to cities across the country to do “man in the street” interviews with many who had traveled from as far as Australia and Japan to see this eclipse of the century.
Local newspapers prepared readers for the big day.
Finally, one wonderful shot of the eclipse taken by my friend, Ron Reason, on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, near Portland, Oregon where he lives. Thanks for sharing, Ron.
An interesting piece from Poynter:
What If Newsrooms Treated Everyday More Like Eclipse Day
In TheMarioBlog Wednesday
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I will be one of the speakers for this conference in New York City.
I am honored to be on the jury for this WAN IFRA-sponsored competition.