This is NOT Mike Davis
Ten years ago, when I was starting out in photojournalism, a very talented, sage, albeit cynical photographer told me that the majority of newspaper photography is about people and their stuff (see example of mine above).
That person was not Mike Davis. While Photo editor Mike Davis has always been smart about describing and interpreting photography in general and photojournalism in particular, he is much more articulate in his thoughts about newspaper photography than my early mentor. In this link, Davis digs deeper into this subject as he describes the qualities of a newspaper photograph and its creative limitations.