I've been trying to take photos that are less newspapery recently, but it's a hard trend to get out of. I find that I personally think that when someone is looking straight into the lense they're 'connecting' with the photo a lot more and it's kind of like you see right into them. That's just my opinion, but I find it harder to catch that sort of moment when someone is looking away from the camera. But maybe that's just my technique!
But in saying that, I think that first photo I showed you of Jack (top of this post) does that, which must be why I love the photo so much!