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For this newspaper, the extraordinary events of the past few months have demanded headlines that take up space.

Jacey Fortin, Judith Levitt and

Jan. 16, 2021Updated 11:55 a.m. ET

Every once in a while, a news headline calls out for big, bold font.

This winter, those headlines kept coming. The news since Election Day has been dominated by the chaos of the presidential transition and the persistence of a devastating pandemic.

There were vaccine rollouts, economic crises, political battles, evictions, reckonings with racism, and congressional elections that made history. On Jan. 6, there was violence at the U.S. Capitol.

How do you mark the most significant events when the news is so relentlessly remarkable? At The New York Times, one way is to make the headlines very large.

A banner headline is typically one that stretches across a newspaper’s front page or website. It uses jumbo letters and bold type to convey the magnitude of a news item, pushing other articles out of its way.

There have been a lot

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