I’m heartbroken about the Rocky Mountain News. My mind races between sadness, disbelief, anger and a cold, whispering fear that what we are facing as an industry could very well do the rest of us in. If it could happen there … The Rocky newsroom was wildly talented, coolly efficient and extremely close-knit. Its priorities […]
UPDATED: More questions answered in the third section. It’s official: The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, will become the first major U.S. newspapers to curtail seven-day home delivery. The news was announced by the Detroit Media Partnership, the agency controlling the interests of both the Gannett and Media News papers, at a press […]
Design legend Richard Curtis will leave daily journalism at the end of the year. In a memo to staffers today, Curtis announced he will retire this month as Managing Editor, Graphics & Photography at USA Today, which he helped found in 1982. “Retirement is something I’ve contemplated for over a year, and while it has […]
Both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times published Extra editions on Tuesday after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested in the early morning hours by FBI agents for what’s being called a “staggering” level of corruption involving pay-to-play politics. The Tribune has been tracking the story for days, even weeks and months if you […]
Last week I attended the Fifth Annual Russian News Design Workshop in Moscow. Three hours after arriving I gave opening remarks for the results of the Russian Creative Competition Newspaper Design: Excitement and adrenalin did kick in and it was thrilling to be there.
There’s still a month left in 2008, but we’re already starting to wonder what we’ll collectively remember as the biggest moments in news design this year. We have our own ideas, of course. And, as we did last year, we will write about those in a post closer to the end of December. But what […]
The good folks at The Sun Journal, after six years of amazing help, have been forced to pull support for NewsPageDesigner.com because of their own financial issues.
Michael Whitley, assistant managing editor for design and graphics, answers a few questions about the latest design evolutions at the Los Angeles Times — which were introduced today. In recent years, the Times has been a top winner at SND’s Annual Best of Newspaper Design Competition (see coverage from 2007 and 2008). Tribune’s innovation officer, […]
The Chicago Tribune joined its Tribune sister papers in the “Summer of Redesigns” this morning with a striking new look. Tribune graphics editor Steve Cavendish gives us an inside look into the project and also shares a slide show of the first day’s edition. Chicago Tribune launches redesign from Steve Dorsey on Vimeo. The Trib […]
Written by Matt Erickson Four words seemed to sum up how Lee Abrams feels about the state of the newspaper industry: “Let’s fix this thing.” With that, Tribune Co.’s first chief innovation officer set the tone for an hour of “aggressive action to reclaim our turf.” Abrams spoke with the president and executive editor of […]
This design portfolio showcases pages following China’s Sichuan earthquake in May, 2008. Lily Lu, regional director of SND Chinese, collects 40 pages from 40 newspapers to illustrate the courageous design from the country’s visual journalists during a devastating moment. Looking at these pages, one can easily across the language barrier to feel the sadness which […]
Designers have been fighting about this for years — does the print design reading experience translate to the web at all? The Sporting News thinks so enough to hire a staff of visual journalists from newspapers (Virginian-Pilot, Charlotte Observer) to put out a new, daily PDF sports section called Sporting News Today, available on their […]
The Society’s board will gather for its spring meeting this weekend in Las Vegas, the site of this year’s annual workshop. On the agenda are several important issues, including an expansion into China, a possible move of the SND headquarters, a first look at the program for SND Vegas, an assessment of how the sweeping […]
You never know where in the world Mario Garcia will be any given day. The global design guru just finished celebrating the launch of Daily Xpress, Thailand’s first free newspaper. And he did it in style, with a cool launch party at Centara, Central World, with more than 2,000 guests. The paper launched Wednesday with […]
The Society’s Vice President, Matt Mansfield, is leaving his longtime leadership role at the San Jose Mercury News, where he is a deputy managing editor and business development director. Mansfield steps down as part of the paper’s latest voluntary staff reductions. The buyout announcements go out this week. Mansfield joined the Mercury News as news […]