Yet, today, it's clear that USA Today was really setting the stage for the way most of us now get our news online.
Numerous interesting and provocative photos and graphics
Colorful front and section pages
A front page "cover story" that tackles a unique (niche) issue
Lots of short stories that do not "jump" to another page
Table of contents on front page
Editorials that include an "opposing view"
Snippets of interesting information that get people talking and sharing (social)
Most surviving newspapers across the country have tried to copy USA Today's layout and strategy with varying degrees of success. Say what you want about shallow news coverage, the fact remains that USA Today was way ahead of its time.
How about you? How do you think USA Today has affected today's news coverage?