Not a banner across the top of the page. Not a big photo-style layout.
The flag design will take up the entire front page of the paper.
(Unless there is a breaking news story which needs to be on the front page, in which case the winning flag design will be on the front of Section B.)
On July 4, The Herald will celebrate American freedom with a special front page. But we need your help. Pictured below are four options for our front page.
Please vote for your favorite. The page with the most votes will be our front page on Independence Day.
And, one lucky voter will win a $100 gift pack from Big Daddy's Fireworks!
The deadline for your vote is midnight, Wednesday, July 1. Please limit one entry per person and one entry per email address. You must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will be determined by a random drawing.
Click here for details -- and to see the flag options.
Maybe we should just be glad the options are American flags, not UN flags, and let it go at that.
I'm not sure why, but something seems off-base about the Herald's plan. Help me out here. Is this a cynical ploy to use Independence Day to attract patriotic readers to web site to vote? Does it shove investigative reporting -- the real purpose of paper -- to the back pages? Does it cheapen the idea of Independence Day? Maybe it's a sincere effort by a newspaper to show respect for America.
What do you think?
Update: In comments, some background:
"I work for The Herald and can shed some light on what we're doing. Last year, we also did an all-flag front page on July 4. It was a huge hit with readers -- lots of calls and e-mails thanking us. We also had alternates, but didn't put them on our Web site until after the paper came out. This year we thought it would be fun to let readers help choose the design. That's really all there is to it."