The war against the media

(The animation has nothing to do with the post, I am just trying to boost readership. It is my Page 3….) The media are under attack. This has been going on for some time now. Only some of it is deserved. The media, especially print newspapers, are under attack on two fronts: from potential advertisers who have come to believe that print is becoming irrelevant and from those to the right side of the political spectrum who have begun to… I want to read more

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Quality reporting, design can make difference

I am trying to get my mind around something I have noticed about me and reading newspapers. Whenever I visit my wife in Northern Virginia and I read her copy of the Washington Post, I find myself reading stories I know I would have passed over in my local paper, The Florida Times-Union. Why is that? The question has been bugging me since Christmas. I think what is happening is that the Post has such an aura (of…what?) around it… I want to read more

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Newspapers and the 3 umpires

Three umpires were talking before a game: “Somes are balls and somes are strikes, and I call ’em as I see ’em.” “Somes are balls and somes are strikes, and I call them as they are.” “Somes are balls and somes are strikes, but they ain’t nothin’ til I call ’em. I use this little tale to get my students talking about critical thinking, scientific research, evidence and writing. But it has value beyond the classroom. One simple parsing of… I want to read more

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Newspaper design: 6 things I think I think

Here are some things I think I think about newspaper design. 1. Good design is important, but content is king. I think most people – except maybe for out-of-work designers – would agree. I do believe the point bears repeating, however. It should become a mantra, chanted throughout the newsroom. Readers don’t care whether you use Arial or Franklin Gothic for your cutlines. They do care about getting good content and design that doesn’t get in the way. 2. Designers… I want to read more

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