They are extremely grateful, though I often met people in the newsroom who were opposed to this. But never with a clear explanation why they are against.
Why I’m the fun of drop caps?
Simple – because it helps the reader to find the beginning of the text easy and fast.
Especially in situations with centerfold, parallel interviews, or when in the main, larger tstory, you have a smaller one with its separate title.
Tip: Do not put drop cap on every major text, limit the usage to one – main story. Also let it be only at the beginning of a story, not a few of them within the same text.
And of course – the size shaould be equal to 3 or 4 lines of text.
Use drop caps only at the beginning of the story, to brake the rest of the text use subheads – they are much more effective.
Use drop caps that do not compete with the title (ideally three rows)
Use it functional, not decorative.