All posts tagged journalism

U Montana’s Pollner professorship in journalism: advice, tips, resources

The Pollner Distinguished Professorships at the University of Montana School of Journalism present an exciting, unique opportunity for professional journalists (or “news media experts,” if you want to look beyond writers, editors or photographers) to take a career break and make a big difference. The one-semester posts carry a generous $40,000 stipend. The application period is typically closes end of […]




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 […]




3 unglamorous (but excellent) details from a campus newspaper redesign

The Cult of News Design loves to fawn over magazine covers and newspaper front pages (that’s what wins awards, after all), much to the neglect of small details and inside pages that comprise 90% of a newspaper or magazine. This post zooms in a bit on some smaller but impactful work that came out of […]




What’s next for journalism? Check out JournalismNext

Visiting Poynter last week for its seminar “Multimedia Journalism for College Educators” has given me a lot to ponder regarding the challenges of teaching journalism today. What are the applications for using Twitter, Facebook and blogs? In the curriculum as well as for teacher-student communications? It’s an exciting time, but also one of anxiety, for […]




iPad: questions beyond the tech

I’m as interested as anyone in the journalism world about the prospects for Apple’s iPad tablet to boost the fortunes of the news industry. A lot of hope rides on dreams like the Sports Illustrated prototype (video demo above). My friend Josh Quittner, editor-at-large with Time Inc., was on the development team for that project […]




Journalists, you’ve got troubles?
Here’s an inspirational reality check

By Ron Reason Update: This item was posted Aug. 2, 2009. Since that time, NeXT launched its daily edition, and celebrated its 500th week of publishing on Sunday. Congrats to all there. I’ve told the story below of Ruona and her dad dozens of times, and whenever I hit a rough spot with my U.S. […]




Gentle reminder to SND: diversity matters

Just received the promotional mailing for this year’s international conference for the Society for News Design, to be held in Buenos Aires at end of September. Opened it up to the roster of speakers, a cavalcade of design stars, including a few friends. Some of whom spoke for us at seminars and conferences I directed […]




How do you define (or redefine) yourself?

A visit last week by my college buddy John England (a fine country-western singer and bandleader in Nashville) prompted me to write this post. In our catching-up conversations, somehow this came up: “What would you like your epitaph to be, on your tombstone? Newspaperman?” he asked. I was a bit taken aback, not so much […]




A little good news from the IU School of Journalism

Next weekend I return to campus to serve on the alumni advisory board to the journalism school, so it was great to see this story today, amidst a sea of dire news about the news business, about my alma mater, Indiana University-Bloomington. The upshot: kids still wanna tell stories, even if they aren’t necessarily headed […]




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, […]