In the eye of the beholder
Color! That's what made these papers stand out. I was more attracted to (meaning I had a desire to read) the ones that had large pictures full of color. However, The Daily Star didn't interest me because it looked like a tabloid. The link has since changed and so have the front pages.
The bigger the topic, like the recent Tsunami, means more text when a reporter can't get on the scene to take pictures. So the next thing I look for is the headline, big font, catchy idea or new twist. InDaily and The San Francisco Examiner actually had their banner draw my attention because there was color in it and funny font.