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While white space is usually a designer's friend, used badly it can hurt the usability of a web page. At theorion.com, too much white space in the home page's main news area can push headlines off the screen and make the landing page one-dimensional.
This spacing problem can be avoided by paying attention to two layout elements:
Writing enough text: I think a good standard for length-of-text in this template is three lines, or about 20 words, about the length of a tweet. The template configures the lead story so its headline runs above the art, so more space is created in the text area. The Coverage template demo shows links to related content in that space (audio, video, stories on the same topic), which I think is both a good addition and solution. I'd avoid referring the reader to unrelated stories, which has been happening recently.