From what I saw of the articles I scanned the New York Times had pictures on about half of the articles. Realistically there are topics where it's either unlikely to get a picture or there would be little to take a photo of.
I think having photographs in a news piece is extremely important because they add an element to the story that written words cannot.
The cutlines on the New York Times are very similar to the ones we created in class. Many of them were two sentences and I even saw quotes on a few of them.
On ABC News there were pictures but there were more videos than on the New York Times. I assume that is because ABC is is a television channel so on their website they can have accompanying videos. The videos have a large caption and then a smaller explanation underneath, similar to news articles.