All posts tagged Africa

Bringing change into focus: ‘Photo-activist’ sets sights on Kenya Parliament

He once delivered live pigs to politicians to protest their outrageous pay. This week, the President conceded: salaries must be slashed. Meet Boniface Mwangi, the former Standard photojournalist making change happen. 




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

Story, Photos and Video by Ron Reason




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 […]




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.







For the new Standard, compelling front pages that spark dialogue

Famine, corruption, public safety: How rethinking a newsroom heightened its watchdog role.  By Ron Reason




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 […]




Being in an African newsroom, when the big story erupts

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




Designing in Africa: What’s that like?

[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.] By Ron Reason  [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 […]