Client update: NCAA Magazine honored for excellence

In its Summer 2016 annual awards competition, the Trade Association Business Publications International gave my former client Champion magazine its Gold Award for Best Single Issue for its Fall 2015 issue. The magazine also was awarded five other Tabbie Awards for editorial, design and photography. Learn more about the awards here: http://www.tabpi.org/awards.htm To learn more about the redesign process […]




U of Montana Journalism course syllabus, “J494: Critical Thinking About Design and Disruption”

By Ron Reason University of Montana School of Journalism Spring 2015 T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor  WELCOME TO THE LANDING PAGE for “J494: Critical Thinking About Design and Disruption,” The Spring 2015 Pollner Seminar I taught at the University of Montana School of Journalism. In a nut shell, this course covers innovation, experimentation, transformation and upheaval rocking the news […]




Newsroom training: Preparing for an effective program

You’ve got the motivation and a bit of a budget for a newsroom training program. Congratulations! What do you need to do next? While each client has different needs, here are some basics that I’ve asked many to help me with: 1) Commit at the executive or managerial level.




For Akron Beacon Journal, the debut of a ‘facelift’ redesign

[Samples of the redesigned pages.]




For a new library in Kenya’s largest slum: 3,800 books, and hope

Story, Photos and Video by Ron Reason




NYT Editor Dean Baquet on longform’s future, the Apple Watch, sending reporters into war

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet spent Thursday, April 16, 2015 speaking with the School of Journalism at the University of Montana and the Missoula community. Students in our course “J494: Critical Thinking About Design and Disruption” were honored to host him for a lengthy conversation about innovation and disruption at the Times.  Following are highlights […]




4 big ways the NYTimes is helping us teach ‘design and disruption’

Manhattan meets Montana: With great help from Times staff, we have a front row seat to study news media innovation, leadership, risk and hope By Ron Reason Several months of discussing innovation and change at The New York Times culminates this Thursday for our class, “Critical Thinking About Design and Disruption,” when Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet comes to campus as […]




He wears pink socks: A Dean Baquet/ NYTimes reading list for UMJSchool

Hebdo, Abramson, innovation, diversity, mobile, Magazine, multimedia: Studying up on an esteemed visitor, his company In advance of this Thursday’s visit to the University of Montana School of Journalism by Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of The New York Times, students in a variety of classes including J494: The Pollner Seminar, Critical Thinking About Design and Disruption […]




Newspaper redesign tips: Converting broadsheets to narrow web widths

Converting broadsheet newspapers to narrower web widths isn’t simply a matter of putting your existing design mix into a smaller shape. I’ve worked with newspaper clients since 1996 to design for narrower web widths, from The Dallas Morning News and Orlando Sentinel, to most recently, the Brunswick (Ga.) News. In every case, we’ve realized that the […]




Launching today: A new Crain’s Detroit Business for a new Detroit

[The relaunch issue cover, and a Special Report opener inside.]