Printed news treatment of the death of Cranberries idol Dolores O’Riordan

THE death of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan in London at the age of 46 was undoubtedly the biggest showbiz-related story of January 2018.

Our challenge was to convey the most up-to-date and interesting details about her passing as sensitively as possible. We also wanted to engage her fans and the public, and pay proper tribute to her significant creative output, by compiling the best background information on her life and work.

Below are examples of the front pages I worked on, including a minimal, un-tabloid-like (read: tasteful) treatment for a special memorial pullout.

It was important to me that we did our very best on our coverage of Dolores’ death because it bridged two major interests in my life: music and news.

Day 1: Dolores front page
Shock . . . our January 16 front page tells of devastation at Dolores’ death
Day 1: Dolores pullout
Life in music . . . we take public through singer’s rock career in special pullout
Day 3: Tribute from Dolores' boyfriend
Heartbreaking . . . Ole tells of his anguish and story goes around world
Day 7: Bandmates carry Dolores' coffin
Removal . . . Cranberries shoulder bandmate’s coffin as it leaves church

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