Assigned 2/2; due 2/8 by 2 p.m.

For this entry, look at three or four recent issues/editions and study the cover (or A1) of your publication. Entries should at least discuss:

• The function/purpose of the front page/cover

• Grid used, if any (number of columns/width of margins, etc.)

• Specific design elements that comprise the page, including number of stories represented

• How information is organized and prioritized (hierachy among elements)

• What role visuals play

• The tone/attitude of the cover/front page and message that sends about content

• How consistency is maintained from issue to issue

• Weaknesses and strengths of their design decisions.

Of course and as always, feel free to add any other observations.