All posts tagged design

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 […]




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 […]




For Montana Newspaper Association: Editing and design resources

I’m looking forward to speaking at the 130th Montana Newspaper Association convention this weekend in Big Sky, MT. My topic will be design and editing techniques to make newspapers more engaging for readers and advertisers. Following are resources for attendees that will be mentioned in my talk:




Advice for young (and seasoned) journalists? Ask some very recent grads

Grizzly grads tell us loud and clear: Get ready for digital-first publishing, heavy on social media, rocked by (and enjoying) constant change. [February 10, 2015, Missoula, Mont.] What an eye-opener it was for the journalism class I’m teaching this semester, “Critical Thinking About Design and Disruption,” to see #AdviceForYoungJournalists top the Twitter trends over the last 24 hours. Research they’d produced just the week […]




U of Montana High School Journalism Day: Visual Journalism Resources

By Ron Reason T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor, U of Montana School of Journalism, Spring 2015 Following are some quick links to explore, particularly for students attending my presentation “Creating Visual Journalism” at High School Journalism Day at the University of Montana School of Journalism, Thursday, April 9, 2015. Part 1: COOL STUFF HAPPENING AT THE […]




Format busters! 3 clients tell stories
in graphic, novel ways

Going bold with ‘comics journalism’: The Reader, Creative Loafing, and U of Chicago research magazine Capital Ideas [July 13, 2014] The work of three current and former clients reinforces the potential for visual journalism to tell complex stories in eye-grabbing ways – the Chicago Reader and Atlanta’s Creative Loafing, both of which I redesigned several years ago, and Capital […]




For U of Chicago’s economics research magazine, a sharper editorial focus

[Summer 2013] Capital Ideas, the magazine of ideas and analysis from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago, has redesigned to adopt a sharper editorial focus, with a new look that emphasizes information over decoration. I have been working for several months with editors Hal Weitzman and Emily Lambert, in the school’s new department of Intellectual […]




Print magazines:
What does the near future hold?

[Samples of my magazine redesign clients. Click for more inspiring client work.] [Aug. 1, 2013] A provocative question from the audience after my presentation today to the Florida Magazine Association, “The Road to Revamp: Inside the Magazine Redesign Process.” What do I think the near future holds for print magazines? My reply: That despite lots of […]




Follow Bloomberg’s “cover trail,”
chatty new TOC page

If you’re a design nerd (and face it, if you’re here, you are), you may be interested in checking out a few things cooking at Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg’s covers (such as this week’s and last’s, shown above) have really drawn a cult following. They are surprising, often witty solutions that run counter to the traditional […]




Thumbs up for Sun-Times’
backpage nod to Ebert’s legacy

“Do you go to work every day and try to master your job and feel deeply that it matters? Do you believe that you can, through sheer excellence, make it matter even more? Roger Ebert did.”  When big news breaks (and in Chicago, Roger Ebert’s death has been big news), those who still love newspapers, […]