He once delivered live pigs to politicians to protest their outrageous pay. This week, the President conceded: salaries must be slashed. Meet Boniface Mwangi, the former Standard photojournalist making change happen.
By Ron Reason For a variety of other essays and collected writings and images of my work in Africa and elsewhere in the Third World, visit this link.] Since my initial visit to Africa in 2006, I’ve returned a number of times and produced thousands of photos. Some have been published in magazines and newspapers; some have […]
Following are links to supplement my Sept. 24, 2010 talk at the SND convention in Denver, about the remake of Nairobi’s Standard newspaper, for those who want to learn more about newspaper redesign, this case study in particular, or working/living in Africa: PORTFOLIO: A gallery of redesigned pages from The Standard on Flickr HISTORY: History […]
Famine, corruption, public safety: How rethinking a newsroom heightened its watchdog role. By Ron Reason
[Nairobi, Kenya] There’s nothing quite like being in a newsroom when news breaks, and that’s one thing I miss about life as a full-time journalist. As a consultant, I have to take that excitement as I can get it, while on-site working with my client news organizations. My current visit with The Standard in Nairobi, […]
[For a variety of other essays and collected writings and images of my work in Africa and elsewhere in the Third World, visit this link.] By Ron Reason [Lagos, Nigeria] I have worked on redesigns or conducted training programs in about 25 countries, but no destination has elicited the “wow” factor like Africa, among people who […]
In its first comprehensive redesign in years, The Standard of Nairobi, Kenya launches its new design today. Above are shown thumbnails of prototypes and I hope to post live images as soon as I can obtain them. You can read the paper’s announcement of the news here. Meanwhile, here are a few fun facts about […]
Recently I was asked by DESIGN, the magazine of the Society for News Design, to contribute to its summer issue focused on theme of “transition.” SND President Sara Quinn suggested I frame my ideas around a series of photos that intrigued her in recent years, taken while looking down at my feet as I have […]
While The Standard had always had a reputation as being a government “watchdog” in this important emerging – and troubled – democracy, the redesign seems to be framing this role in a new, clear light.
“Design With Reason” is the companion blog (launched in 1997 and relaunched in 2007) to the website ronreason.com, the home page of Ron Reason Consulting. Here you’ll find hundreds of articles and essays with case studies, tips and opinions about editorial design, photojournalism, strategic thinking, and the culture and communities of the news media.