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Newspaper redesign tips: Converting broadsheets to narrow web widths

Converting broadsheet newspapers to narrower web widths isn’t simply a matter of putting your existing design mix into a smaller shape. I’ve worked with newspaper clients since 1996 to design for narrower web widths, from The Dallas Morning News and Orlando Sentinel, to most recently, the Brunswick (Ga.) News. In every case, we’ve realized that the […]




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 […]




Want a more creative publication? Skilled staff? Conduct art classes

Often the road to redesign brings happy surprises (beyond, one hopes, a smart looking publication). Prototyping and other goal-setting can suggest workflow restructuring, clarification of roles and responsibilities, and training needs. All came about at our redesign this spring of Crain’s Detroit Business, where redesign project manager Pierrette Dagg was promoted to Creative Services Director shortly before the relaunch. She […]




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 […]




Prototyping a startup newspaper?
Here are 5 free tips to do it right

[Sample pages from a 28-page prototype of the Rocky shared publicly today. To peruse the entire thing and offer your own opinions, click here.] [Dec. 9, 2014] Just across the Twitter has come news that “Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz is exploring the possibility of reviving the Rocky Mountain News.” Hurrah, one might think! Someone believes in the power […]




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 […]




Designing a new weekly newspaper
for Chicago’s Lincoln Park

[These two front pages were among prototypes I created for DNAinfo. The nameplate on the left was chosen.]  Update as of Spring 2015: Since this post was originally published, DNAInfo has expanded its print initiatives to include six more weekly newspapers for Chicago neighborhoods.  [Jan. 26, 2014] “There aren’t too many media companies starting print publications these […]




Who needs an artist? Tips for using Google maps for news stories

[FOLLOWING IS ONE OF SEVERAL HANDOUTS POSTED HERE ESPECIALLY FOR MEMBERS OF THE ALBERTA WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS ASSOCIATION – BUT ANYONE IS WELCOME TO READ AND ENJOY!] In a review of more than a hundred news pages produced by the members of the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association, at whose conference I was invited to speak this weekend, I […]