Kansas symposium: Prepare
to “Do More with Design”

Publishers, editors, students, and other registered attendees of the 2014 Montgomery Family Symposium at the University of Kansas School of Journalism are invited to submit pages (print and online) for free critique and possible remake.

I’m this year’s invited speaker for the Symposium, titled “Do More With Design,” and the session looking at attendees’ work is always one of the most popular of such engagements.

Pam Fine, who holds the Knight Chair at the University of Kansas, said the day-long seminar is designed to allow participants to:

  • Get new ideas for content, community engagement and digital publishing, and learn about the visual and brand strategies that drive them.
  • Learn how to make stories more visual and interactive, even on a shoestring.
  • Find new ways to create ads that engage consumers.
  • Develop contacts from other news organizations in Kansas that can serve as a professional resource when you’re thinking about how to redesign or develop new projects.

Cost to attend is $50 for Kansas Press Association members, which includes lunch. The Montgomery Fund in the Kansas Newspaper Foundation will subsidize the remainder of expenses.

Those who want pages critiqued and re-envisioned during a session titled  should email PDFs or URLs of specific pages that you think were great successes or missed opportunities — along with the explanation of the reasons why — no later than end of day Friday Sept. 12, 2014  to ron (at) ronreason.com. Please put “KU Symposium Submission” in the subject line and include your name and title. Working on your own in-house redesign or product launches? I’m happy to review those pages as well!

While it may not be possible to include all submissions in the presentation, I will feature as many as possible. I will select pages for remake that are representative of challenges faced by the region’s publishers as a whole. Looking forward to meeting you!

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