Le Guardian… d’accord, on évitera le cliché « fait peau neuve ». Il a changé de formule. Assez radicalement, car il passe du format (très large) « broadsheet » au Berlinois, c-à-d le même que Le Monde.
Suivez les liens pour accéder à l’édition numérique (en entier, encore pour deux semaines) et faites-vous une idée, si cela vous branche.
Seriously, I rather like it. The new (”Berliner”) format is the same as Le Monde’s, which I’ve always found the most pleasant newspaper to handle, with only a minimum of wrestling required. I also agree with the decision to leave some white space below the headlines. The typeface is a bit more problematic. Helvetica is gone, but I’m not sure about the new headline typeface (”Guardian Egyptian”): there’s a distinct gap in the uppercase and lowercase letter k, and the distance between individual letters looks a bit haphazard in some cases. It’s certainly very legible, though.
Oh, you want to look at it? The entire digital edition, normally a for-pay subscription, is freely accessible for two weeks or so, with downloadable pdf files.
I discovered the two-page, mostly graphical dossiers in the G2 newspaper-inside-the-newspaper. These could be very interesting for EFL teachers, to use from the intermediate level upwards. Today’s is about the arms trade.
Guardian Unlimited (the online edition, not to be confused with the digital edition) is certainly doing a lot of auto-reporting today. A little gem from one of their articles:
In many important respects the paper you buy on Monday will be dramatically different. Most obviously, it will be, physically, both narrower and shorter - larger than a tabloid, smaller than a broadsheet. With apologies to JF Kennedy, “Sie ist ein Berliner”.
And I thought only ships, cars and countries were female (feminine?) in British English. (And shouldn’t that be “eine Berlinerin”?)
Second, I just got my hands on the real thing, albeit a copy from an earlier print run, with a Cricket photo on the front page instead of the Belfast riots one. It certainly looks nice inside: a clear, attractive layout. Even the headline typeface is much better on paper than on the screen.