Without a doubt, perhaps one of the most appealing features of a printed newspaper page is how it can show hierarchy for the content it displays. When an editor and designer work together on establishing the priorities for content, then it is up to how typography, sizing of elements and positioning come together to indicate to the reader which is the most important story, as well as the rank and importance of those that follow.
A well-designed front page, for example, displays a Center of Visual Impact (CVI) that becomes the point of entrance on the page. That was the centerpiece of my own book Contemporary Newspaper Design (Prentice-Hall, 1981), where I wrote:
“The designer controls the way he wants the reader to proceed visually on the page.