When readers throughout the nation get a copy of the New York Times on Sunday, they will be challenged with an extremely grim sight.
They will see the names and a peek into the lives of individuals who passed away in the U.S. as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The almost one thousand obituaries, which fill the entire front page, represent just an approximated 1% of the death toll.
Since Saturday, more than 97,000 people in the U.S. had actually passed away from issues with COVID-19
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The victims’ stories were pulled from obituaries released in papers throughout the nation.
Simone Landon, the Times’ graphics desk assistant editor, created the concept to honor the victims in a manner that would permit readers to see the gravity of the pandemic’s effect in the nation, according to the paper.
Landon informed the Times that there was “a little bit of a fatigue with the data” on deaths in the U.S., which is being tracked daily by Johns Hopkins University and followed carefully by the media.
“We knew we were approaching this milestone,” Landon informed theTimes “We knew that there should be some way to try to reckon with that number.”
The reduced obituaries are shown one after the other and fill 6 high columns that extend throughout a bulk of the Times’ front page.
In a preview of the paper released Saturday, audiences can focus on each name to check out the victims’ lives:
“Lila Fenwick, 87, New York City, first black woman to graduate from Harvard Law School.”
“Mike Field, 59, Valley Stream, N.Y., first responder during the 9/11 attacks.”
“Jessica Beatriz Cortez, 32, Los Angeles, immigrated to the United States three years ago.”
With the obituaries, the Times advises readers who these people are.
“They were not simply names on a list. They were us.”
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