Our A1 today won’t win any SND awards, but there’s something to be said about a day when (1) somehow there were no ads or promotions, where normally we have a six-column by two-inch ad along the bottom and (2) the news was sufficiently big for us to discard the 18-pica-wide rail that we normally run along the right side, and which four days a week has an in-house promo nested inside.
It’s like, I put a story up top, then along the left, and then on the bottom, and then another story on the bottom, and had room for refers with related stories, and — stay with me here — a sandbox along the bottom, and three sky boxes up top! Mind you, this is a new design that uses larger body type and no condensed fonts. And yet the stars aligned to make the front page so story-packed. (Yes, a four-story front counts as story-packed these days.)
I’m still a little breathless from the thrill.