Here’s a question that I had in my mind earlier this week: When Donald Trump picked Mike Pence as his running mate in 2016, where did the story appear in The Columbian?
Answer: On Page A3.
To me, it isn’t a lock that a presidential candidate picking a running mate is an A1 story. It’s true that a week or so later, when Hillary Clinton tapped Tim Kaine as her running mate, we played the story on the front page. (As I recall, the Pence news had been leaked a few days early, so that is why the story went inside.)
Wednesday’s front page is where we played Tuesday’s announcement that Joe Biden had selected Sen. Kamala Harris of California for the second half of his ticket. It appeared toward the bottom of the page, or, as we like to say, “below the fold.” The Oregonian played its Harris story on Page A16, with a “refer” box below the fold on A1.
We led the front page with the Pac-12 Conference’s decision to cancel fall sports, including the lucrative football season, the profits from which cover the costs of most of the other college athletics.
The page left Vancouver reader Theresa Kelsay “scratching her head,” she wrote. “While both are, perhaps, once-in-a lifetime events, which one will be recorded in history books and which one belonged on the sports page?”