All posts tagged newspaper design

6 things the news industry can learn from the Chicago Reader (print edition)

[ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 40TH BIRTHDAY] (Related: How our redesign flipped the Reader’s iconic music coverage into its own brand, “B Side.”) Last year I wrote an admiring post on Seattle alt weekly The Stranger, praising the paper (as well as its integrated, smart and funny marketing and digital efforts), and pondering: This is […]

‘Only got a mugshot?’ Fear not! Impactful designs are possible

CONTEST ALERT! SEND IN YOUR BEST “ONLY GOT A MUGSHOT” COVER AND WIN A BEAUTIFUL HARDCOVER COPY OF THE INSPIRATIONAL PHAIDON BOOK, “A SMILE IN THE MIND: WITTY THINKING IN GRAPHIC DESIGN.” (DETAILS BELOW) Two things got me thinking again this week about creating impactful designs when you’ve “only got a mugshot”: A plethora of […]

Osama Day 2 front page: Dissecting
St. Pete’s mastery of editing, design

Today’s second-day front by the St. Pete Times is a standout. Here are three reasons why. I may be an average consumer of news about the Osama capture/killing – viewed the press conference, and listen to NPR in the morning, spend 20 minutes or so surfing stories on the web, follow Facebook/Twitter feeds and review […]

20+ things to never say to a photojournalist

In light of The Washington Post‘s achievement this week in scoring a Pulitzer for its excellent photo coverage from Haiti, I thought I’d dust off this list which originated in my days as Director of Visual Journalism, and faculty member, at Poynter. There, along with my colleague Kenny Irby, we tried hard to help gain/earn […]

Don’t want a generic redesign? Learn from those who focused

Occasionally I get emails from prospective clients, or people working on their own redesigns, or others just interested in publication design, that are worth sharing on the blog. Here’s one that came through over the weekend: Question: “We’re interested in doing a redesign, but concerned about looking like everyone else. Our community is distinctive and […]

Is ‘print in vogue’? Or are we ‘stumbling to extinction?’ 3 talking points

It’s good news, bad news today in the news media world. The good: “print’s in vogue again,” if you consider these three top women editors who abandoned digital startups to return to the magazine world, in a thought-provoking look at news media economics from Women’s Wear Daily. Or, “print is dying,” depending on how you interpret […]

Landing that design/edit job: 3 tips students need now

For a while I’ve been regularly visiting the Indiana Daily Student campus newspaper, and it’s been fun to follow a few of the students in recent years, track their internships and jobs, and field questions like: what do we need to do to improve our chances in the job market? That topic was tackled again […]

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.

The consultant weighs in: Inside the redesign process

When the publishing team at Catholic Health World decided they were ready for a new look, nothing was off limits to change. As a result, they ended up with just the fresh, contemporary design they were hoping for. The following article is by Carla Kalogeridis, editorial director of Association Media & Publishing, and was published […]

Virginia community newspapers redesign: A success story

[Lynchburg, VA] Great news to end the year with: Our relaunch of a new shared design for a number of smaller community newspapers produced from Media General’s editing center here has been an instant success. In the words of Managing Editor Jason Snyder: “The redesign has gone great so far. It’s been the easiest of […]