Katharina Niemeyer, professeure à l’École des médias, propose, dans la revue Media, War & Conflict, l’article « The front page as a time freezer: An analysis of the international newspaper coverage after the Charlie Hebdo attacks », dans lequel elle explique le rôle temporel et explicatif important que tiennent les unes de journaux pour les lecteurs.
This article argues that the front page plays an important temporal and explicative role for audiences, especially when it comes to journalistic work during a disruptive media event such as the Charlie Hebdoattacks. As a special agent of mediatization, the front page offers the possibility of ‘freezing’ the very often long-lasting live coverage of the (ongoing) happenings. It does not stand in opposition to faster communication of news but the front page is a very special journalistic form that opens interesting ways to contemplate news temporalities on another level. Based on a thematic content analysis of 1017 international front pages, this article develops their typology in order to analyze how the event was covered globally and locally, all by pointing out the different journalistic forms that are utilized. The study shows that the type of front page that is emerging allows us to grasp the coexistence of shared visual and textual regimes without leading to a false idea of a totalizing uniformity of information and thus of future social memories.