All posts tagged innovation

NYTimes 2020 report: What it means for visual journalism, there and elsewhere

By Ron Reason The New York Times today released its 2020 report, identifying various targets for newsroom innovation and improvement, and there’s lots of good news for visual and multimedia journalists, at the Times and elsewhere.




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 […]




He wears pink socks: A Dean Baquet/ NYTimes reading list for UMJSchool

Hebdo, Abramson, innovation, diversity, mobile, Magazine, multimedia: Studying up on an esteemed visitor, his company In advance of this Thursday’s visit to the University of Montana School of Journalism by Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of The New York Times, students in a variety of classes including J494: The Pollner Seminar, Critical Thinking About Design and Disruption […]




Reader’s “Best of …” issue: Viral marketing innovations, strong ad sales

More than a year out from its redesign, I now keep an eye on the Chicago Reader as, well, a reader. Things are never dull for what has been, for 40 years, one of the most influential alt-weeklies; most recently, its sale to Sun-Times Media Group caused a stir. But the summer event I look […]




A TOC alternative: Ad Age’s Programming Guide

The 2006 Programming Guide debut (click twice on all images for larger detail). To view the evolution of this feature, keep reading … EARLIER HERE I’ve shared my thinking that, for many publications, the notion of a Table of Contents is outdated. Why repeat every single headline on a TOC when A) several or even […]




8 Random Thoughts About Tribune’s ‘Chicago Live!’

x [CHICAGO] Last night I attended the second taping of Chicago Tribune‘s experimental new show, Chicago Live! It’s a marriage of three local icons: Tribune, Second City, and the Chicago Theatre, where the taping takes place. An unusual extension of the Tribune brand, the show was described by one of its creators as “a mix […]




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 […]




Relaunching? Time to target The Power of Six

Gone are the days when a publication could skate by with a redesign or a relaunch that was purely cosmetic – new fonts, narrower page width, new logo, maybe new colors for a press upgrade. Maybe it once made sense to “freshen up” just for the sake of doing so, but in the current age, […]