All posts in category Observations

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

Story, Photos and Video by Ron Reason




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 […]




Making a difference in Africa: 3 women share their passion for reaching out

[This post was originally published in 2008 on my now archived travel blog, and has been revised for sharing with my class at the University of Montana, as many students were interested in international travel and outreach. Updates on each subject interviewed appear at the start of each segment. For a variety of other essays and collected writings […]




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 […]




At Yosemite’s Clouds Rest, a story of determination and hope

[The following essay is among tales of life away from work I share periodically on this blog. It was among those selected for publication in the book “Inspiring Generations: 150 Years, 150 Stories in Yosemite,” curated by The Yosemite Conservancy to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act.]




Follow Bloomberg’s “cover trail,”
chatty new TOC page

If you’re a design nerd (and face it, if you’re here, you are), you may be interested in checking out a few things cooking at Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg’s covers (such as this week’s and last’s, shown above) have really drawn a cult following. They are surprising, often witty solutions that run counter to the traditional […]




An illustrated trip through time
with The Chicagoan magazine covers

Windy City publisher J.C. Gabel this month revived “The Chicagoan” magazine, which originally was launched in 1926 and lasted 9 years. Their covers were illustrative, alluring, and dynamic – I’ve posted a few of my favorites from that period over at my Facebook page. Make sure to “LIKE” the page and you’ll be alerted to informative, […]




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. […]




Osama Day 2 front page: Dissecting
St. Pete’s mastery of editing, design

Today’s second-day front by the St. Pete Times is a standout. Here are three reasons why. I may be an average consumer of news about the Osama capture/killing – viewed the press conference, and listen to NPR in the morning, spend 20 minutes or so surfing stories on the web, follow Facebook/Twitter feeds and review […]