All posts in category Working Abroad

Journalists, you’ve got troubles?
Here’s an inspirational reality check

By Ron Reason Update: This item was posted Aug. 2, 2009. Since that time, NeXT launched its daily edition, and celebrated its 500th week of publishing on Sunday. Congrats to all there. I’ve told the story below of Ruona and her dad dozens of times, and whenever I hit a rough spot with my U.S. […]

‘What is a man to do?’ Start up a newspaper!

Have had the good fortune to work with Dele Olojede on the founding of NeXT, a start-up newspaper in Lagos, Nigeria. The city can be called a challenging environment to start up any business, at any time, but a recession makes things extra challenging. Despite this, NeXT launched as a website in December, and in […]

For the new Standard, compelling front pages that spark dialogue

(Scroll through slide show for various impactful front pages.) Famine, corruption, public safety: How rethinking a newsroom heightened its watchdog role. 

The view from inside the newsroom, when the big story blows up

[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, […]

Doing journalism in Africa: What’s that like?

[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 […]

Launching today:
A new Standard for design in Kenya

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 […]