The best ways to convey information use a mixture of text, image and design to get the point across. Anyone who has worked in newspapers gets used to their particular way of approaching this task, itself distilled from centuries of trial and error. It has advantages and disadvantages in the digital world, and new forms are starting to emerge that owe less to the old styles.
Some interesting new ways of visualising news:
1. The new article skimmer from the NYT:
3. The BBC ‘Most Popular Now’ features reveal which stories people are reading and e-mailing to their friends, which video clips they are watching, and how this changes minute-by-minute through the day.