'Newspapers Going for a New Look'

The articles by Shaw on newspaper design, questions of style over substance and the use of color photography on the pages of newsprint, brought to mind a conversation I had with a photographer working for USA Today in town to cover the Los Angeles Raiders-New England Patriots playoff game.

The photographer told me he was only going to photograph the New England players and fans. Why? I asked. Because New England fans and players are dressed in vivid red, white and blue, while the Los Angeles fans and players look like they are headed for a funeral in their black and silver, he replied succinctly.

Looking back at the results of that game, he did have a point.

GEORGE ROSE

Los Angeles

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