Tuesday, 14 August 2012

How the regional press covered the Olympics

Well done to our newspapers during the Olympics. The coverage was generally positive, bold and confident. The Times led the way with its daily wraps but it wasn't just the national Press that pulled out the stops over the last fortnight. Here are some regional papers that caught the eye.
The Hull Daily Mail wraps it all up by focusing on gold medal boxer Luke Campbell
The Mail's good luck poster clearly had the desired effect
 The Northern Echo's Chris Booth captures Kat Copeland's gold winning face beautifully
The Echo uses a montage to sum up Super Saturday

The Press & Journal is happy to go gold and use poster fronts
Two stunning covers from the Western Morning News

The Gold top Ipswich Star throws its weight behind Team GB 

The Yorkshire Post and Evening Post celebrate Alistair Brownlee making history by winning Great Britain's 19th Gold medal and his brother Jonathan getting a bronze

Both Leeds-based papers also use big display to celebrate Nicola Adams, the first female boxer to become an Olympic champion

The Bristol Post finishes it all off with a special supplement

Over in Ireland the Belfast Telegraph enjoys the success of Coleraine

Also in Ireland, the Derry News supports triathlete Aileen Morrison with a headline borrowed from Dexy's Midnight Runners 

The Irish Examiner goes big front and back after boxer Katie Taylor became Ireland's only Gold medalist  

The Coventry Telegraph supports the women's football team when they played on home turf

The Liverpool Echo is one of many papers who adopted the wrap

The Echo uses a spread to profile Merseyside's 24 athletes in the games

Meanwhile the Echo's sister paper, the North Wales Daily Post, revels in the success of rower Tom James

A strong wrap from the Herald in Plymouth on Tom Daley 

An inside spread from The Herald

The Sunday Post is one of the few papers who opted for Mo Farah ahead of Jessica Ennis after Super Saturday
The Worcester News feels the pain of cyclist Jess Varnish after a botched changeover led to her disqualification
 The Gloucestershire Echo goes big on the rowing ....
 ... and has fashion fun with Bradley Wiggins's sideburns 
The Bishop Stortford Observer has a nice story on the actual siting of showjumper Ben Maher's golden post box
 The Bath Chronicle goes gold for Bath graduate Heather Stanning's rowing success
A Dorking Advertiser photographer talked his way on to balcony of a house to get this shot of the cyclists coming through the town   
The Hertfordshire Mercury celebrates the success of cyclist Laura Trott
The Reading Post opts for a montage

The Kent and Sussex Courier uses a wrap to say thanks to Kelly Holmes who got the Olympic Torch re-routed through Tonbridge
The Western Gazette revels in two gold medals for Sherborne

The Wokingham Times enjoys the success of doubles sculler Anna Watkins

An inside spread from the Sevenoaks Chronicle throws it all forward to look at the likely lads and lasses for Rio 2016
The Llanelli Star gets behind Dai Greene with a poster
All in all some powerful pages that show the Olympics were a local and regional, not just a national, event. They also show that creativity and passion is alive and well in the regional Press. Thanks to everyone who contributed.


1 comment:

  1. Shame the majority of those papers were not even at the Games but were either supplied by agencies, PA or just picked it up by ringing athletes after the event. LOCOG kept the vast majority out of the Olympics, to their utter shame.