Both CNN and New York Times cover a multitude of subjects and both news organizations dedicate a page of their website to every category. They also organize their top news in grids on the front page so that visitors can read through popular headlines from all the categories without clicking through every page. CNN uses boxes of the same size to differentiate the categories, while the Times uses three columns and space dedicated to each section depends on the length of article titles. They are not organized horizontally the way CNN’s grids are.
CNN’s grid organization lends more white space, and a break for your eyes. It is easier to quickly scan headlines before clicking through articles. New York Times titles are more cramped. In order to really look through the headlines, a reader needs more concentration to separate the categories as well as the headlines.
I also noticed that the clutter of the Times front page and the use of serifs throughout the site gives it an aura of academia. On the other hand, CNN’s san serif is much less intimidating to the average reader, attracting more casual readers who want their news without having to dig for the information.