It explained that a newspaper’s success rides on the readability of its typography. It designated photojournalism as the bedrock of news design. It stressed that editorial color must be used functionally. It said the format of the newspaper should match its personality.
Fifty new faces greeted me today in my Editing and Design class. It’s the start of the fall semester at our campus, and it’s just a matter of time before I get that question again. Very soon, one of the future reporters in the class will gather the nerve to ask me the big question – Why, oh why, would a reporter ever have to know the slightest thing about newspaper design?