All posts tagged training

The art of the critique, Part 2: Making “post-mortems” work

Feedback after publication has its rewards, if done right (Second of two parts. For the first part, focusing on “pre-mortem” critiques, visit this link.) It’s been a while since I’ve helped manage a daily newsroom, so, for my two-part series on what works and what doesn’t in newsroom critiques, I thought I’d reach out to […]




Rethinking your magazine, newspaper, website or other publication? Start here.

By Ron Reason Welcome to Design With Reason, the blog of Ron Reason Consulting. I’m passionate about excellence in storytelling, editorial design, branding and strategy, and have collaborated worldwide for more than 25 years with news publishers, as well as corporate, academic and nonprofit news providers. (Bio. LinkedIn. Client list.) After a number of years on faculty at […]




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 […]




Client references and recommendations

Following are recommendations from former clients. With the exception of the final testimony from Judy VandeWater, all are excerpted from my LinkedIn profile. Jeremy Weate Multimedia Director, Timbuktu Media, Nigeria (I worked with Jeremy and his team on custom newsroom training programs and the creation of multimedia strategy for the startup news organization NEXT.)




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 […]




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 […]




Design Critique: From global warming to teen suicide, important topics

[LAST OF A THREE-PART SERIES CRITIQUING NEWSPAPERS OF INDIA] Our third installment of the special series of India newspaper critiques comes via submissions from Suresh N, Senior Visualiser for the Vijay Karnataka daily newspaper (in the regional language of Kannada) at Bangalore, Karnataka state in India. Hello, Suresh! Example 1: “This page is about global […]




Design Critique: Lots of visuals … too many?

[SECOND OF A THREE-PART SERIES CRITIQUING NEWSPAPERS OF INDIA] Sajeev Kumar, Visual Editor of Kerala Kaumudi, the daily newspaper in the Malayalam language in Kerala, India, sent several pages for our critique discussion. Years ago I encountered, with much trepidation, the challenge of doing newspaper critiques in a language that I could not read or […]




Design Critique: From India, in living colour

[FIRST OF A THREE-PART SERIES CRITIQUING NEWSPAPERS OF INDIA] First up in our offer for free critiques for newspapers from India (limited time only!) comes this submission from Arindam Biswas, of Anandabazar Patrika newspaper in Kolkata, circulation “more than 10 lacs. It’s the No.1 regional daily in Kolkata.” Describing the page, Arindam tells me: “It’s […]




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. […]