“It all started a couple of weeks ago when the IRS/NSA scandals were really heating up. I was getting the feeling that Washington was completely out of control and I impulsively texted the editor, Denis Finley, that we should run the First Amendment in its entirety on the front page on the Fourth. He wasn’t sold on it, but he liked the idea of doing something special and arranged a meeting the next day where he, Maria Carrillo (managing editor), Paul Nelson (director of presentation) and I tossed around some different ideas.
Maria Carrillo (managing editor) suggested quotes because even though we all love the First Amendment, there’s not that much for readers to dig into and enjoy, and everyone agreed that was a great idea. So, we started researching and storing quotes we liked and I began designing the page, inspired by the Hatch Show Print poster and 19th-century broadside above my monitor.”
The Virginian-Pilot offers a poster reprint.