Designers choose photo sizes and headline sizes (both the size of the letters and how much space the headline will take). They may decide what articles will go on which pages, and where on the page, alone or in consultation with editors. They may choose typefaces for special pages, but newspapers usually have a design style that determines most routine uses.
Notable in the field include Richard Curtis, Mario Garcia, Tim Harrower and Ron Reason. Some other newspapers influential to the expanded role of design in the newsroom include the Detroit Free Press, the San Jose Mercury News, The Guardian, and the Virginian-Pilot.
Edmund Arnold, who recently died, is widely credited as the father of modern newspaper design.
The Newspaper Designer's Handbook, by Tim Harrower
Design With Reason, by Ron Reason