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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. I’ve been following the Times closely since examining its evolution, and spending time with Executive Editor Dean Baquet, in my […]




Need a short-term creative director or design editor? Here’s how that works

[Looking for traditional redesign help? Start here.] Expanding on recent client interest, in addition to traditional redesign consulting I’m now offering two new services: guest creative direction, and remote design editing and production. These may be of particular benefit to smaller publications, who may need these services but have limited need or budget for full-time staff to take them on. […]




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 […]




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. Following are  statements from his appearances before classes, including “J494: Critical Thinking About Design and Disruption,” and videos from a lecture to the public on creating quality journalism in […]




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 […]




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

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




Want a more creative publication? Skilled staff? Conduct art classes

Often the road to redesign brings happy surprises (beyond, one hopes, a smart looking publication). Prototyping and other goal-setting can suggest workflow restructuring, clarification of roles and responsibilities, and training needs. All came about at our redesign this spring of Crain’s Detroit Business, where redesign project manager Pierrette Dagg was promoted to Creative Services Director shortly before the relaunch. She […]




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 […]