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nickelphillips

This is an example of a type of font commonly used in newspapers and other editorial, text-heavy publications. One of its features is ball terminals. I am wondering if there is a name for these types of editorial fonts (beyond "serifs," of course).

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Ralf Herrmann

I wouldn’t say this points to a specific classification category. It’s just a feature of text typefaces that developed over time. The “old style” fonts didn’t have it yet …

After them came the “transitional” fonts with a tear-drop shape …

And actual ball terminals came with the “Didone” typefaces. 

 

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nickelphillips

Thanks, very helpful. I'm trying to narrow down my search for an editorial typeface (or combination of typefaces) that is similar to the sample at top. Searching for "editorial typeface"  or even "news typeface" has been of limited effectiveness.

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nickelphillips

That is very much from the same era. The 'fat' and 'bold' faces are a bit too ... artistic/displayish ... but other than that, this is very close.

The 1983 LA Times "Rocket" example above is similar to today's LATimes.com, Boston Globe.com, and (sort of) NYTimes.com. You can really see the ball terminal and just the overall style it in the lowercase c.

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Ralf Herrmann

You seem to look for fonts from the type classification style called “transitional”. 

For LA Times, check out Kis/Janson/Ehrhard.
For Boston Globe, check out Miller
And for the first example, plain old Times

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