- The New York Times prepared one powerful front page for the May 24th print edition, which marks the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States.
- The newspaper listed the names of 1,000 people who died from COVID-19 – just 1% of the total death toll.
- Newspaper personnel searched obituaries and obituaries for people whose cause of death was listed as COVID-19 and listed the people's names, ages, and facts about their lives.
- A newspaper editor said she found that both the Times journalists and the general public were "a little tired of the data," so the newspaper tried to visualize the extent of the loss.
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To mark the gloomy milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States, The New York Times has prepared a devastating front page for the print edition on Sunday with the names of 1,000 people who died from COVID-19.
About five months after the first US coronavirus case was reported, the United States was ready to reach the grim death toll of 100,000 in a matter of days. The Times front page only accounted for 1% of these deaths.
Each of the names on the front page was accompanied by a miniature obituary that listed each person's age, city, and state, and brief facts about their lives.
For 85-year-old Sacramento-born June Beverly Hill, The Times found that "no one made cream potatoes or fried sweetcorn like they did." For 27-year-old Jordan driver Haynes from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the newspaper described him as "a generous young man with an adorable grin".
Orlando Moncada, a Bronxville man who died at the age of 56, "left Peru and seized the American dream." A 25-year-old woman from Michigan, Bassey Offiong, "saw friends at their worst, but did their best."
– The New York Times (@nytimes) May 23, 2020
"It wasn't just names on a list. They were us," was a heading on the front page.
The newspaper – a team of editors and three journalist journalists – compiled the details from online obituaries and obituaries that, according to The Times, contained COVID-19 as the cause of death.
Simone Landon, an assistant editor at the graphics desk, told the newspaper that it was important to count on the number of 100,000 people.
She said she and her colleagues found that "both among us and the general public, the data is a little tired" and tried to create a front page that visualized the extent of the loss.
The Times chief creative officer, Tom Bodkin, noted that the Sunday newspaper was "certainly a first in modern times" to create a front page without images or graphics.