New offering for alumni and academic magazines: content/design audits

By Ron Reason Dear editors of alumni and other academic publications: Are you making the most of your storytelling tools to reach the audiences most important to your school’s mission? Beyond alumni in general, is your content seriously reaching out to those who are also donors (or should be), those who help recruit potential applicants, […]

A passage to India, where magazines and newspapers thrive

[August 2017] While newsroom training is mostly a thing of the past in the U.S., it remains alive in India, where I’ve just returned from two weeks conducting workshops in visual storytelling, UX design, and innovation in publishing news across print, digital and social media. Some observations: Print thrives – for now

Redesign amplifies NCAA magazine’s focus on diversity, equality

[Related posts: How new formats and philosophies for the Cincinnati Enquirer frame its powerful investigation of the region’s heroin epidemic; The Standard of Nairobi, Kenya, shines a spotlight on government corruption, public safety, poverty and famine.]  By Ron Reason

Alternative story forms: Just say no to lifeless, gray pages

Magazine publishers who contact me about redesign are interested in making pages inviting to readers in new ways. In each case, I identify areas in their existing design that could easily be reformatted to make the pages more inviting, the publication flow more easily, and production – including the writing and editing process –  simpler […]

For Athletic Business magazine, an architectural approach to redesign

By Ron Reason

The art of the critique, Part 2: Making “post-mortems” work

Feedback after publication has its rewards, if done right (Second of two parts. For the first part, focusing on “pre-mortem” critiques, visit this link.) It’s been a while since I’ve helped manage a daily newsroom, so, for my two-part series on what works and what doesn’t in newsroom critiques, I thought I’d reach out to […]

The art of the critique, Part 1: The value of “pre-mortem” feedback

3 newsroom factors must change to allow feedback before, not after, publication (First of two parts. For the second part, focusing on quality feedback after publication, I spoke with Bonita Burton about what works at the SND-award winning Villages Daily Sun. Link here for that blog post, with lots of tips for post-publication feedback.)

Bringing change into focus: ‘Photo-activist’ sets sights on Kenya Parliament

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. 

NYTimes 2020 report: What it means for visual journalism, there and elsewhere

By Ron Reason The New York Times today released its 2020 report, identifying various targets for newsroom innovation and improvement, and there’s lots of good news for visual and multimedia journalists, at the Times and elsewhere.

They’re people, not props: Photographing across cultures

Following is an adaptation of presentations given during my professorship at the University of Montana, and a variation on earlier talks for the National Press Photographers Association, Poynter, SND, and my ongoing work with the photojournalists of Standard Media Group of East Africa. For more in words and visuals about my life and work in Africa and elsewhere in the world, visit this […]