There are two things I love about newspaper design, especially for a small newspaper, the first is taking the usual strict layout and doing something unexpected the second is a really short chain of command. For the most part with the following examples I was calling my own shots, taking chances and collaborating with the reporter or photographer to make the ordinary extraordinary. Most of the time there is no planning or time for it.
You have eight hours of the daily production cycle to make it great. So make the most of it because tomorrow
is another day.