This cover reminds me of the Facebook timeline feature where there is a large photo (Facebook: cover photo option) placed at the top of the page where it is lke a banner. I’m not sure if one influenced the other to do similar style or that they had no influence on each other. A thick black line is used to distinguish the logo from the news content and a grid has been used of 5 columns. The 5 columns are equal and the bottom article only have 3 body text columns but they use the same grids as the 5 columns.
Facebook cover photo: