All posts tagged newspapers

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 […]




Photojournalism survival tips from Tribune pro Alex Garcia

Considering a career in photojournalism, already entrenched in one but want to get better (or make fewer gaffes along the way), or just want an inside look at some do’s and don’ts from a pro? Check out the following blog entries from Chicago Tribune standout Alex Garcia: Photo tips you should know before you’re ready to […]




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 […]




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 […]




At Burning Man, two alt weeklies stir up some dust

I’ve been in alt-weekly mode with several fascinating clients this year, and some work with the Association of Alternative News, so I was intrigued to find not one but two alternative weekly newspapers circulating at Burning Man, the annual desert festival of art-culture-camping-music-whatever in the remote desert of Nevada. Well, no wifi or cell phone service […]




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 […]




How to reinstate/reinvent business coverage?

Received this inquiry from an editor at a 60,000-circulation daily: “Ron – I was looking over your Web site. We are considering reinventing our daily and Sunday business pages and section. We are basically starting from scratch, since we have not put much emphasis on business coverage in the last few years. “Do you know […]




What to do on your furlough: my take

Alan Mutter shares tips on his “Reflections of a Newsosaur” site about what to do with your furlough if you have been given an involuntary, unpaid leave, as some newspapers are ordering. While Alan seems to focus on journalism career development (nothing wrong with that), I’d like to offer a few suggestions, which focus more […]




A thriving life after newspaper design? Yep. Here’s how

[Chicago] Every day brings new conversations with editors, news designers, photographers and students on the subject: what sort of life, and career, can there be after newspapers? And in this economy? To that end, I posted an entry yesterday questioning how we define ourselves, our lives, our work. I recently got back in touch with […]




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 […]