The KC Star likes to use a dominant image to portay major stories, especially on the front cover. This picture of President Obama at Ground Zero epitomizes that approach. The set the “modern” vibe of the picture, may front page photos that go with major stories are set by the rule of thirds and in large, rectangular shape. They usually are the same size as the body copy, and the size of the story in relation to the photo shows the importance the paper feels these pictures have.
Other than on the national and world briefing, which is all in black and white, the KC Star usually runs multiple, colorful photos for stories. Every page has a dominant photo, which goes with the top story on the page. The paper also likes to run any type of photograph with briefs of columns, and these are usually headshots. The most unique technique taken by the paper is the decision to put pictures in the masthead and section front tops of almost every page. I feel this shows the importance the paper feels for photographs – if they’re important enough to go up with the paper’s name, then they are definite major points of interest.
The KC Star likes pictures that show action, or a decisive moment. The one exception is usually the business pages, which show unique shots of financial institutions or businessmen. The sports section is chock full of shots of athletes in the middle of action or right after major moments, especially in the masthead via photo cutouts. This is a publication that focuses on news though, so many photos also have major symbolic resonance. The hard news stories try to get pictures that relate to the story’s main characters, like the headshots of Osama bin Laden and the pictures of people celebrating his death. The stories on the tornadoes that devastated the south took the same route.
Pretty much every story has an image, even if they’re only headshots. Most are rectangular in size, and the paper is not afraid to insert logos or text into the frame, most in colorful boxes. Many of the sports pictures are cutouts of athletes, but for the most part the KC Star sticks with large, rectangular photos. Many features that have drawings or art, however, take oval or unique shapes.