In 2012, 33 articles of more than 4,000 words originated on the front page of The New York Times. (Six of those were in December.) That’s up – a lot – from 16 the previous year; 21 in 2010; and 23 in 2009. The longest of all of those that originated on the front page? Clyde Haberman’s masterly obituary of The Times’s publisher Arthur Ochs (Punch) Sulzberger clocked in at 7,725 words.
(Source: The New York Times)