All posts tagged Africa

SND resources: stories, photos of Nairobi’s Standard redesign

Following are links to supplement my Sept. 24, 2010 talk at the SND convention in Denver, about the remake of Nairobi’s Standard newspaper, for those who want to learn more about newspaper redesign, this case study in particular, or working/living in Africa: PORTFOLIO: A gallery of redesigned pages from The Standard on Flickr HISTORY: History […]




At Poynter, a must-see photo exhibit on Africa

Poynter has long been a place where smart conversation about international photojournalism has taken place. (Kudos to my friend and former colleague Kenny Irby, who has worked hard to bring previous exhibits including the Pictures of the Year winners.) Thus I was not surprised during my recent visit to see Poynter hosting a world-class photo […]




Relaunch sharpens ‘watchdog’ role

While The Standard had always had a reputation as being a government “watchdog” in this important emerging – and troubled – democracy, the redesign seems to be framing this role in a new, clear light.







Measure of success:
Proof is in the pages

AND, A 22% CIRCULATION INCREASE! * Nothing pleases a consultant more than seeing marked growth in the design and editing of a client newspaper at the six-month mark, when the stress of launch is well behind and everyone should be hitting his stride. I have had the chance to review a number of weeks of […]




In the newsroom, when news breaks out

[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, when on site working with my client news organizations. My current visit with The Standard in […]




Designing in Africa: What’s that like?

[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 hear about my work. I have worked with The Standard group in Nairobi, Kenya, for almost two years now, and return on Jan. 19, ’09 for two […]




Standard of Kenya: The Obama link

During several months in Kenya over the last year, working with my client, The Standard Group, interest was high at the newspaper and in the community about the candidacy of Barack Obama (whose father was Kenyan). During his visit to the country in 1996, Obama stopped by the newspaper to visit with media leaders. You […]




Newspapers dying? Don’t tell these 5 startups

Perhaps hard to believe with the current business climate, but people are still boldly starting up newspapers. Five startups have been among my projects within the last year: Crain’s Manchester Business, a U.K. offshoot of the most notable city business publications in the U.S. This weekly title is a fully original, locally produced product and […]




Rewards of the consulting life

[Nairobi, Kenya] Among the rewards of the unusual career that is consulting, one of the best is when you actually see a newspaper make improvement – before the relaunch actually takes place. This is possible via deliberate conversations, an orchestrated training program, a top-down commitment to better packaging, and yes, you need to have talent […]