Print subscribers to the The New York Times will wake up on Sunday to a solemn front-page design: A list of victims who lost their lives to COVID-19 and a small glimpse into each of their lives.
The paper released a preview of the front page on Saturday night, which quickly went viral on social media. The list includes the name, age and hometown of 1,000 coronavirus victims, along with a short description of each person.
The front page of The New York Times for May 24, 2020 pic.twitter.com/Mp4figjnQe— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 23, 2020
An example of how The Times portrayed one victim: Romi Cohn, 91, New York City, saved 56 Jewish families from the Gestapo.
Nine hundred ninety-nine more victims are featured in the same fashion name, age and hometown. But the sentence describing each victim is unique to them.
Josh Crutchmer, The New York Times print planning editor, tweeted on Saturday that the project was assembled from the nearly 100,000 obituaries of Americans who have died from the coronavirus. Projections show that the U.S. will likely pass 100,000 deaths from the virus by June 1.
this is part of a project headed by @simonelandon and directed for print by @standardregular. cover by tom bodkin. 1000 obituaries pulled from the nearly 100,000 obituaries of americans dead from the coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/jNIeugcatG— Josh Crutchmer (@jcrutchmer) May 23, 2020
An explanation behind the reasoning of the project by the newspaper can be found here.
Instead of the articles, photographs or graphics that normally appear on the front page of The New York Times, on Sunday, there is just a list: a long, solemn list of people whose lives were lost to the coronavirus pandemic.
Liked his bacon and hash browns crispy.He loved his wife and said, Yes, dear a lot.Life of the party.A million-dollar smile.Anywhere he went, he took pictures.Loved writing birthday and holiday cards, poems and lists.
Always put her children first. https://t.co/6naDIdv8Xg— Nancy Coleman (@nancylcoleman) May 23, 2020