Front Page Coverage: How The Convention Played on Page One

Two Days Before
Sept. 2, 2012
(Sept. 3 Newspapers)

Day Before
Sept. 3, 2012
(Sept. 4 Newspapers)
Day One
Sept. 4, 2012
(Sept. 5 Newspapers)

Day Two
Sept. 5, 2012
(Sept. 6 Newspapers)

Day Three
Sept. 6, 2012
(Sept. 7 Newspapers)

Summary: Based on an "at a glance" look at a number of front pages, convention coverage included quite a few analysis/scene-setter articles reflecting on the Obama presidency to date and the state of the campaign. Several of the papers ran front-page photos of Obama at rallies heading to Charlotte.


The Charlotte Observer & POLITICO

"Contrary to expectations, Obama ended up being conventional" - John Harris and Jonathan Martin [Politico]

Wide shot of the welcoming event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame - Steve Jessmore (
Marching band -
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Mass. delegate's clothing - David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer
CU cutouff of Obama - Stephan Postles/Getty

USA Today

New York Times
(National Edition)
"The Competitor in Chief" - John Kantor

Wide shot of Obama waving to supporters at rally in Boulder, CO - Luke Sharrett for The New York Times

Wall Street Journal

Washington Post  "'Build that' remark echoes" - Amy Gardner

[photo of Washington Nationals]

Washington Post Special Edition "'Build that' remark echoes" - Amy Gardner
"Can He Rekindle the Fire?"
"Exit from Bain brought Republican rare benefits" - Tom Hamburger
"Swing-state voters face another deluge of attack ads" - Dan Eggen

MW shot of supporters and back of Obama's head at rally
Small photo: MCU of Obama speaking
- both by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post

National Journal Convention Daily

"Retaking the Narrative From the Republicans" - Michael Hersh
"Chasing Romney, Losing Himself" - Major Garrett
"Clinton, as Ever, Offers Risk and Opportunity" - Ron Fournier and Major Garrett

Medium shot of worker preparing the podium - AP/Lynne Sladky

The Hill

"Feeling pretty confident"  - Niall Stanage and Arnie Parnes
"Obama turns to Bill Clinton, the old pro, to win 2nd term"
Medium shot of Obama shaking hands with a couple of supporters at a campaign event, location not noted - Getty Images
also small MCUs of Michelle Obama and Joe Biden