Some already have.
USA Today, as I noted on Twitter a week ago, rolled out a beta of its new site the day after it unveiled the redesign of its paper paper. As the screen shots below demonstrate, it looks a lot like mobile app configured for a desktop screen.
The top of the new home page looks a lot like what The Orion home would look like if the changes I suggested yesterday were made.
In the bottom half of the home page, a photo grid (which can also be viewed as a list) presents top stories from the standing sections. It also serves as a second navigation tool (in addition to the top-of-page menus).
A click on the News menu or News section photo takes readers to a page dominated by a photo/story and a horizontal, photo-driven menu of other stories in the section.
Like the original USA Today, the design will set a standard that others will emulate (copy), especially the emphases on great photos well played, simplified and intuitive navigation, and the predominance of art as a storytelling method.
Poynter's Julie Moos made a crucial observation in her review of the launch:
"My overall impression: The new site does not feel like a newspaper website, it feels like a news website."That distinction, and the reality that the audience is moving at breakneck speed to iPhones and iPads for its news, should start being a bigger part of the news consciousness at The Orion, where the staff is still working on the transition from print-focused to digital first. The next big jump--to a new mobile app sometime this fall--is going to take another big leap of thinking if readers are going to be served well.