Yesterday, deputy managing editor of The New York Times told The New York Observer he “still considers the front page of the printed newspaper a sacred space,” despite the constantly shifting content of the paper’s online homepage. “Nothing about the Web has changed the front page of the paper in any fundamental way,” he said.
It makes sense that the popularity of an article on the Web should hold no bearing on the next day’s front page, that an article’s appeal moments after it lands on the homepage shouldn’t influence it’s subsequent placement in print. The homepage can be tweaked instantaneously, while the printed front page must last all day. But perhaps this is why print is losing its luster — the front page holds yesterday’s news.