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Ubiquitous PDF: Election Keepsakes - Newspaper Front Pages

November 03, 2004

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Deadlines for print and broadcast media came and went Tuesday night, November 2, without resolution of the expected story of the day -- the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. After waiting as long as possible for definitive results, editors and reporters across the country scrambled to develop substitute stories and headlines [see November 3 Columbus (OH) Dispatch example below] explaining the delayed verdict, with late-arriving votes in the state of Ohio left to settle the issue of whether George W. Bush or John F. Kerry had been elected with at least 270 electoral votes.

Kerry settled the matter Wednesday afternoon when, realizing there was no chance to pick up enough votes among those not yet counted to offset the lead of the Republican incumbent, he conceded the election in the spirit of unity.

Cliffhanger 2004 Election 
Headline Therefore, keepsake editions of local newspapers reporting the conclusive details and analysis won't hit the doorsteps of most American subscribers until Thursday morning. At the same time, Adobe Reader-equipped readers can log onto the Web site of the Newseum - The Interactive Museum of News to browse a regular online exhibit called "Today's Front Pages" where every morning, more than 300 newspapers from around the world submit front pages for review and downloading -- including printable PDF versions of each. The full selection of each day's front pages is available daily on the Web site by 9:30 a.m. Eastern.

In a related online exhibit on Election 2004, the Newseum tracks "how newspapers reported the highlights and lowlights of the 2004 presidential campaign," beginning with July 30, 2004 coverage.

The Newseum also has archived a selection of other newsworthy front pages that chronicle events of historical significance including the Terrorist bombings in Madrid (March 11, 2004); the War in Iraq (several dates between March 20, 2003 and April 1, 2004); the Columbia shuttle explosion (February 1, 2003); and the 9/11 terrorist attacks (Sept. 12, 2001).

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