All posts in category Photojournalism

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 […]




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

Story, Photos and Video by Ron Reason




NCAA Champion magazine redesigns, rethinks, and scores!

Working on your own prototypes, but want an expert eye on your strategy and creative process? The NCAA sought just that, and found it’s a low-cost way to keep things focused and creative.  One of the best things about taking a break from consulting to teach this semester at the University of Montana is that a number of recent […]




Need to transition? Move those feet!

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 […]




In the African dirt: The ‘truth’ behind one compelling photo

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 […]




Through photography, conquering fear and inspiring your passions

Things I learned today: That Moby (one of my fave musicians/DJs/artists) had an uncle who was a photographer at The New York Times. And that he (Moby) first picked up a camera at age 10, set it aside in college set to pursue his music passions, and just picked up the habit again in earnest […]




Redesign offers big impact in smaller format for heroin investigation

I’ve always been a big fan of the tabloid newspaper format. I especially like how, for an important investigative series, the smaller page can shine a spotlight on the news in a way that a multi-topic broadsheet front page, with all its distractions, might not. The tab format, when information is smartly “segmented,” also makes […]




Reader’s “Best of …” issue: Viral marketing innovations, strong ad sales

More than a year out from its redesign, I now keep an eye on the Chicago Reader as, well, a reader. Things are never dull for what has been, for 40 years, one of the most influential alt-weeklies; most recently, its sale to Sun-Times Media Group caused a stir. But the summer event I look […]




Framing a future for Kibera’s M2 (Maasai Mbili) artists collective

Story and Photos 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.] Among first impressions of visiting Nairobi’s massive Kibera slum: the place is a lot more colorful, and visually expressive and inspiring, than one might expect. […]




Cincinnati Enquirer: photojournalism gets a more personal voice

One of the real joys of my newsroom visits is being able to see in print or online, sometimes immediately, the end result of our conversations about change in culture,  creativity, the development of personal “voice,” and other topics that go beyond “design.” Two real-life examples followed my recent three-day visit to the Cincinnati Enquirer, to […]