Smaller papers need love, too: Brunswick (Ga.) News slims down, shapes up

In a competitive marketplace for news, one or more of the players are constantly on the move, working hard to increase appeal to advertisers and readers, and maintain or even increase market share. Smaller market newspapers are no exception. Read the full post »

36 countries later, returning home to the LaPorte County Fair

Part of a collection of my travel stories and other personal essays.

By Ron Reason

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Client update: NCAA Magazine honored for excellence

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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 at Champion, visit this earlier blog post, Champion magazine redesigns, rethinks and scores! To see a gallery of strong page designs, graphics, illustrations and photos from the magazine, visit this link. To view numerous other resources for magazine design and redesign, visit this link.

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Lessons from Burning Man: 7 ways to ignite change on your own

The following is adapted from my final lecture of the Distinguished Professorship I held at University of Montana, where I wanted to send my students out into the world with eyes wide open, and some preparation for the creative ruts they just might encounter along the way. They loved the fact that their prof had been to Burning Man, but even more, I hope, they’d appreciate that such experiences can be just the launchpad to personal evolution and exploration. Part of a collection of my travel stories and other personal essays

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An accidental visit to jewel of an eco-resort, Ananda in the Himalayas

The following travel essay was revised and updated from an earlier post at my now archived blog, Travel With Reason, for discussion and use in my teaching this spring at University of Montana. 

By Ron Reason

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Jaded by Pride Fests? Find young revelry, maybe marriage, in Tel Aviv

Part of a collection of my travel stories and other personal essays.

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

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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 media today, across all platforms.

Here I have posted summaries of the focus of each week of class, with links to relevant blog entries, assignments, required reading, outcomes and more. (RelatedHow I developed this course, and its intentions. Basically, it’s a leadership and management course, disguised as a design course, which I proposed to prepare grads to navigate and lead in the disruptive workforce they are entering. Here’s some background on the generous Pollner family endowment that funds two journalism professorships at UM each year.)

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to assignments and readings I required or suggested, the syllabus below has been amended to include numerous articles suggested by students. Look for entries in bold and blue, below, with credit to the student who posted the item to our private class Facebook page.

TOPICS, ASSIGNMENTS and RESULTS, WEEK BY WEEK

Week One, Jan. 27-29, 2015: What’s Design? What’s disruption?
Let’s discuss in detail what we mean by design (it’s not just visual – we design products, organizations, leadership techniques, marketing campaigns, and more) and disruption (it’s not just contraction or death – think startups, reinventions, redesigns, partnerships, innovation and experimentation). Read the full post »

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.

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

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[Samples of the redesigned pages.]

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