Laying out websites with tables has been frowned upon for around 10 years. For tables, it’s fine, not but for layouts.
I would markup some news articles like this:
<article> <a href="https://stackoverflow.com/link-to-article/" title="article title"> <img src="link-to-image" alt="article title"> <h2>Article title</h2> <p>Short description</p> </a> </article>
The rest of your question is pretty unclear so would need some more details explained clearer to be able to help with the rest of what you want.