What makes a great newspaper front page iconic? It’s a word which is used far too often, a bit like legend, or, if you happen to watch Channel 5 a bit, ‘celebrity.’
To be truly iconic, a newspaper front page has to be special. It has to capture a mood and remind people of that mood whenever they see it in the future. To me, it has to have that ‘yes, that’ factor which is almost impossible to describe.
The regional Press produces many great front pages every year. Many capture public feeling towards an event or issue at the moment, but few capture it in a way which makes sense without an explanation.
Many regional front pages provide considered, and generally compassionate, coverage of big news events, and perhaps more time than in the past is now spent on front pages as a result of overnight printing and the acceptance of the fact that print can’t count on being the turn-to source for breaking news. But how many are iconic?
Seeking out a dictionary definition of ‘iconic’, the Macmillan dictionary offered me:
very famous or popular, especially being considered to represent particular opinions or a particular time:
Therefore, it’s fair to say this decision to describe Jolly Rancher sweets as iconic was a bit over the top.
And for all the good, great and memorable regional press front pages out there, I think this one is perhaps the only one which can truly be called iconic: