Here is today's front page (via Kiosko. net) of five major U.S. newspapers:
While each of the newspapers (with the exception of USA Today) does feature local stories on its front page, the top story on each of these newspapers is the indictment of Trump campaign officials.
Turn to the front page of this morning's Intelligencer and you will find no mention of the indictments. The dominant story on the Intelligencer's front page is
Youth Homelessness A Problem in Wheeling
The article is accompanied by a near life-size photo of two Youth Service System employees and together the article and picture take up about one-half of the available front page space. The only AP story on the front page is about Pennsylvania approving online gambling and there is no mention of the formal charges brought against the former Trump campaign officials. For that you will need to turn to page 9 to find an edited version of an AP story on the indictments. (Note -- the link is to the AP story; the paper's version, which I could not find online, ends with the "There, too" paragraph -- dropping the last 40% of the original.) The Intelligencer's back page story is nestled between the weather map, a bridge column and a group of ads.
For readers, the placement of a story is important -- it may be as important as the story itself. Page nine for a national story means that it is a lot less important than any front page story and, for that matter, stories that came before it. For instance, today's page 3 has this story:
Elon Musk Tweets Photo Of L.A.-Area Transport Tunnel
(The front page "youth homelessness"at least had relevance if not timeliness. This one has neither.)
Relegating the indictment story to a back page fits with the locals' pro-Trump slant to news coverage. The editors probably figured that they had to cover the story but they didn't want to give it prominence. Regular Intelligencer readers might consider the story's size and placement had the story been about the indictment of three Clinton's campaign officials. Once again, their political biases are showing.
Note -- I do not mean to diminish the importance of the youth homelessness story. While it is important, it seems to me that it lacks immediacy and could be carried any day this week.