I require a wordpress theme for a newspaper / magazine.
Front page: I'd love for the front page to be designed with a set of widgets in mind, that way I can reorganize the front page as I need. For an example of what I would like, check out the theme Max Mag theme.
Category pages: Category pages need to feel as if they are a front page. I can't have one of these category pages that is an obvious archive. For a good example of what I would like, check out Max Mag.
Columns: Two columns are a must, a right sidebar and an option middle column. I'd like for both columns to be different based on the category of the content. For a good example of what I am looking for, check out the Reganto Premium Theme.
Article content: I would like to have the option to have one large picture display below the headline, and above the byline. This picture would stretch to fill the whole content area before the two columns. It would be nice if this area could display a YouTube or a self-hosted video.
Ticker: I'd like to have a breaking news ticker, with the option to display items in the ticker based on a tag.
Advertisements: This is very important...I need to use Google DFP. I have had trouble using DFP because each advertisement code comes with a header code specific for each ad. If someone can figure out this problem, I'll go with them for sure.
Obviously I have a few more ideas, but this will give you as good idea of what I want to have built. It would be a fairly large project I would assume. I would be willing to help fund the development of the theme, and possible have the option for the developer to license the theme to other users.
I have found many good newspaper themes, but each has pros and cons. I am trying to come up with a theme that suits my needs.