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October 16, 2013 

I fully subscribe to the old adage that "a picture is worth a thousand words." However, I also believe that size and location matters too.

The cover of Saturday's BND is a good example.

Fully a third of the front page was taken up by a photo of Carlos Beltran, a St. Louis Cardinal stalwart in NLCS game 1, meant to support the headline "Beltran is the hero" in large block caps. No pun intended but what is wrong with this picture?

I applaud BND photographer Derik Holtmann for staying up pretty late to get that shot, but in reality it could have just as easily been taken during any of Beltran's earlier at bats. As action baseball photos go it was pretty vanilla.

Wouldn't a more fitting (no pun intended) photo have been of him being mobbed by his teammates after his game-winning hit, like the one that was posted on-line at

Does a routine baseball photo like this really belong on the front page, or would it be better suited for the sports section? I

may be old school, but shouldn't the front page largely be reserved for hard news?

In addition to the Beltran headline, photo, and story, the BND also included a high school football photo followed by a listing of area scores. The only news on the front page was a follow-on story to a tragic event that occurred in East St. Louis on Sept. 27.

Do you want to be recognized as a bonafide newspaper or sporting news?

Bill Malec


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