Helping to Put Together Poynter’s Book of Election Front Pages

obamaRecently, I helped put together The Poynter Institute’s new election front page book, which features 75 newspaper front pages from around the world.

My editor, Julie Moos, thought of the idea for the book and led the institute’s efforts in putting it together in just two weeks. The goal was to have it published in time for the holidays and the inauguration. Poynter faculty member Sara Quinn co-edited the book and selected which front pages should be used. “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau wrote the book’s introduction. (Definitely worth a read!)

Several Poynter faculty and staff members contributed to the book. I wrote some captions, which required doing a bit of research and, in some cases, talking to design editors at the papers I was assigned to write about. I wasn’t the sole copy editor for the book, but I helped edit it after we received the proofs. I also had the opportunity to speak Spanish with editors of publications in Spain when asking for a PDF of their front pages and permission to reprint them. I love having opportunities to use my Spanish-speaking abilities.

This book is a bit different from other books Poynter has published, such as “Best of Newspaper Writing,” in the sense that it wasn’t text-heavy. Nevertheless, it still required a great deal of editing and it helped me develop a greater appreciation for all the work that goes into putting together a book under a tight deadline. Collaboration in these kinds of projects is key.

The Obama front page book is now available at bookstores and at the Poynter store. It could make for a good holiday gift. I know my family can expect to see a few copies of it under the Christmas tree.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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