All posts tagged Chicago Reader

Good alt weeklies: ‘The indescribable savoriness of salty, sweet, sour, bitter’

A good alt-weekly. It’s like the journalistic equivalent of umami – the indescribable savoriness that goes with salty, sweet, sour, bitter. It’s just a texture more than anything else and it celebrates being intangible.




Chicago Reader: moving forward (with a quick look back)

Today’s news of a new editor-in-chief at the Chicago Reader is a good push forward for a redesign that has been in the works there (in fits and starts) for a few months. We aim for a spring launch date for the paper soon to be helmed by Mara Shalhoup, currently with Creative Loafing in […]




Innovation in U.S. papers: Where is it? How to define it?

>> How do we define innovation in newspapers? It’s tricky. Let’s start by giving credit to those trying bold new ways to connect with audiences. Here’s a look inside some very different print publications: a Seattle alt-weekly, the San Francisco literary publisher McSweeney’s, and the Chicago Tribune. One of the fun things about being a […]




Advertising innovation requires a systematic approach

I feel strongly that innovative solutions for advertisers have to be a part of any news redesign (and it’s often the starting point of my process). Why just move things around or dress them up, when you can improve the financial health of the enterprise? This blog post walks you through how we created a […]




An alt-weekly wish list: Editing, design, spirit

[Newer Post: 7 Things to Love About The Stranger: An Illustrated Guide.] More thoughts from a weekend immersion in the world of alternative weekly newspapers. Fun crowd with lots of talent, energy, and passion, despite the challenges of the current economic climate. Here’s a little fantasizing about where I’d take them in a perfect world […]




Table of Contents pages: WHY?

DISPATCHES FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF ALTERNATIVE NEWSWEEKLIES One bonus of attending a journalism convention is you get to see a ton of samples of fresh papers in one fell swoop. No reader ever sees newspapers this way, but it gives me a chance to think in fresh ways about why and how we do what […]




A new START for Atlanta’s alt weekly

CREATIVE LOAFING REINVENTS, FROM ATTITUDE TO AD INNOVATIONS [June 10, 2010] “Would you describe your paper as more of a lecture, or a conversation?” That was the question I asked Editor Mara Shalhoup, after I was first invited to consult on the redesign of Atlanta’s Creative Loafing – one of the nation’s better known and […]