Birthdays for Saturday, Aug. 1

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six outstanding visual journalists…


Michael Barrett is a writer for the Gaston Gazettte of Gastonia, N.C. A 1997 graduate of East Carolina University, Michael spent a year at the Rocky Mount Telegram before moving to Gastonia in 2006. He’s been at the Gazette ever since.


Mark Edelen is an online director, producer, editor and designer based in Norfolk, Va. A product of Western Kentucky University, Mark spent four years as a reporter, copy editor and designer for the Messenger-Inquirer of Owensboro, Ky., before moving to the Virginian-Pilot in 1990. He edited copy and designed pages before becoming the Pilot’s only web producer in 1995. He was promoted to senior producer in 1999 and then to director of online production in 2008. Mark left the Pilot last winter. Find his Twitter feed here. Mark turns 51 today.


Stacy Innerst is an illustrator for children’s books and other editorial clients, based in Pittsburgh, Pa. A 1980 graduate of the University of New Mexico, Stacy spent a year-and-a-half as an artist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and then nearly 12 years as an editorial illustrator for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He left the Post-Gazette in 2011. He’s been freelancing for 20 years and began teaching at Pittsburgh’s La Roche College last fall.  Find Stacy’s illustration portfolio here and his personal web site here.


Brian Moore departed the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif., last summer after 21 years there. A graduate of Cal State-Fullerton, Brian started out at the Register in 1993 as an editorial assistant, moved into a design and proofreading spot and then ended up as a graphic artist. He took a buyout last June. Brian turns 42 today.


Jorge Dionisio Muñoz is a freelance designer and illustrator in Maplewood, N.J. Jorge has worked as a graphic artist and editor for the Times-Delta of Visalia, Calif., the Los Angeles Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill., and the Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Calif. He has also taught computer and web classes and served as marketing coordinator for the city of Tulare, Calif., chamber of commerce. Jorge turns 54 today.


Reed Reibstein is director of product design for Garcia Media in New York City. A 2011 graduate of Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Reed served as deputy managing editor of the Yale Daily News and spent three summers interning with Garcia Media. He formally joined Garcia Media in 2011 as an art director and project manager. Mario announced Reed’s promotion Friday. Find his Twitter feed here. Reed turns 27 today.

Reed, Brian, Stacy, Michael, Mark and Jorge share a birthday with actors Tempestt Bledsoe and Dominick “Dom” DeLuise; musicians Adam Fredrick Duritz (of Counting Crows), Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia (of the Grateful Dead), Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (better known as Coolio), Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (better known as Chuck D), Ashley Ward Parker and Robert Cray; directors Samuel Alexander “Sam” Mendes and David Benjamin Wain; Marvel Studios founder Avi Arad; fashion designer Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent; sports greats Jack Albert Kramer (tennis), Edgerrin Tyree James, Ray Nettles (both football), Madison Kyle Bumgarner (baseball) and Roy Allen Williams (basketball coach); explorer William Clark; lawyer-turned-poet Francis Scott Key; novelist Herman Melville and media reporter Howard Alan Kurtz.

In addition, today is Sandcastle Day, Girlfriends Day, National Minority Day, Mead Day, India Pale Ale Day, National Mustard Day, Sandcastle Day and Spider-Man Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, folks! Have a wonderful birthday!

Birthdays for Friday, July 31

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six wonderful visual journalists…


Jane Burns is a features reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, Wis. A 1983 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Jane spent 17 years as a reporter for the Des Moines Register. She moved to a copy editing position at the Star Tribune of Minneapolis in 2000 and moved again in 2005 to the afternoon paper in Madison, the Capital Times. She served as a copy editor, assistant features editor. columnist and general assignment reporter before moving to the WSJ in 2009. Find her Twitter feed here.


Therese Lis Harpish is a photo technician and editorial designer for the Tribune-Review of Pittsburgh, Pa. Therese turns 35 today.


Lynn Hicks is opinion editor of the Des Moines Register in Iowa. A 1991 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Lynn joined the Register as a copy editor, moved to a reporting position in 1997 and then was promoted to assistant metro editor in 2000. A year later, he became editor of the Journal of Stevens Point, Wis. He returned to Des Moines in 2004 as executive business editor and slid over to his current position in December. Find his Twitter feed here. Lynn turns 47 today.


Stefanie Murray is executive editor of the Nashville Tennessean. A 2002 graduate of Central Michigan University, Stefanie earned a master’s degree from Northwestern in 2004. She spent five-and-a-half years at the Ann Arbor News and as a business reporter, biz team leader, community news director and real-time engagement officer. She moved to the Detroit Free Press in 2011 as director of digital audience development and, a year later, was promoted to assistant managing editor for digital media. She moved to Nashville in early 2014. Find Stefanie’s column archive here and her Twitter feed here.


John V. Smith is sports design editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer. A 2000 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, John spent a year as a page designer for the Sun-Herald of Biloxi, Miss., before becoming a sports designer for the Asbury Park Press of Neptune, N.J. in 2001. In 2005, John became assistant editor for sports at Newsday on Long Island but returned to Asbury Park in 2007, also as assistant sports editor. He left the APP in December 2008 and spent a year as a designer for Time Out New York. He earned an MBA at Villanova University in 2012 and, shortly afterward, joined Kistler Smith, a marketing and design consultancy based in Philadelphia. He moved to the Inky in 2013. Find his Twitter feed here. John turns 38 today.


Anne Tallent is senior editor for features at the Baltimore Sun. A 1998 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Anne worked as a copy editor for the student paper there, the Daily Oklahoman. She spent a year-and-a-half as a copy editor for the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., before being named assistant features editor. She moved to the Sun in 2005 and worked as a copy editor, deputy arts editor and arts and entertainment editor before moving over to b, the Sun’s free youth-oriented daily tab in 2008. She moved back to the mainsheet in 2012 into her current position. Find her Twitter feed here.

Stefanie, Anne, Therese, John, Lynn and Jane share a birthday with actors Wesley Trent Snipes, Dean George Tanaka (better known as Dean Cain), Michael Connell Biehn, Eric Lawrence Lively, Dennis Dirk Blocker, Benjamin Joseph Manaly “B.J.” Novak, Barry Wayne Van Dyke, France Nguyen Van Nga and Theodore Crawford “Ted” Cassidy; musicians William Thomas “Bill” Berry (of R.E.M.), James Steven Ignatius “Jim” Corr (of the Corrs), Robert Lawrence “Bob” Welch Jr., Roland Kent LaVoire (better known as Lobo) and Gary Harold Lee Levitch (better known as Gary Lewis); sports greats Evonne Fay Goolagong (tennis), DeMarcus Ware, Kevin Darwin Greene, Gustave Joseph “Gus” Frerotte (all three football), Randy Alan Flores (baseball), Henry Albert “Hank” Bauer (baseball manager), Mark Cuban (NBA team owner) and Curtis Edward “Curt” Gowdy (announcer); actor-turned politician Alan Autry; economist Milton Friedman; retailer Sebastian Sperling “S.S.” Kresge; novelist Joanne “J.K.” Rowling and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Irv Kupcinet.

In addition, today is World Ranger Day, National Talk Like an Elevator Day, System Administration Appreciation Day and Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday, y’all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Thursday, July 30

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three terrific folks…


Amy Kuenzie is a yoga teacher and an emergency protective custody coordinator for the Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Dept. A 1985 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Amy earned a master’s degree from Columbia College and spent years working as a parole examiner and victim’s advocate within the justice system. Her husband, Jack, is a reporter for Channel 10, WIS-TV in Columbia. Find her Twitter feed here.


Franz Tomasek is an official of the South African Revenue Service, involved with legislative policy and based in Pretoria. He’s also a longtime member of Science Fiction South Africa, the main squeeze of journalist Simone Puterman and a good friend and most gracious host, during my occasional visits to his country.


Vanessa Shortley is managing editor of the Daily Dispatch of Henderson, N.C. A 2007 graduate of East Carolina University, Vanessa spent time as a reporter for the Daily Southerner of Tarboro, N.C. and as a reporter and copy editor for the Free Press of Kinston, N.C. In 2008, she was named editor of the News of Orange County, a weekly in Hillsborough, N.C. She moved to Henderson in 2014. Find her Twitter feed here.

Vanessa, Franz and Amy share a birthday with actors Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, Hilary Ann Swank, Lisa Valerie Kudrow, Laurence John Fishburne III, Juan Moreno y Herrera Jiménez (better known as Jean Reno), Jaime Elizabeth Pressly, Vivica Anjanetta Fox, Delta Ramona Leah Burke, Edward Byrne Breitenberger (better known as Edd “Kookie” Byrnes) and Riccardo DiGuglielmo (better known as Dick Wilson, who played “Mr. Whipple” in 1970s-era TV commercials for Charmin toilet paper); musicians Catherine “Kate” Bush, Bradley William “Brad” Hargreaves (of Third Eye Blind), Timothy Seth Avett (of the Avett Brothers), Paul Albert Anka, David Sanborn and George “Buddy” Guy; TV host Michael Thomas “Tom” Green; celebrity chef Alton Crawford Brown; directors Christopher Jonathan James Nolan and Peter Bogdanovich; sports greats Francis Morgan Ayodélé “Daley” Thompson (decathlete), Hope Amelia Solo (soccer), Justin Peter Rose (golf), Lawrence Neil Bonnett (auto racing), Christopher Paul “Chris” Mullin (basketball), Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel (baseball manager) and Allan Huber “Bud” Selig (baseball commissioner); law professor Anita Faye Hill; H&R Bloch co-founder Henry W. Bloch; novelist Emily Jane Brontë, historian and biographer Giorgio Vasari and industrialist Henry Ford.

In addition, today is Friendship Day, Father-in-Law Day, the International Day of Friendship, National Support of Public Education Day, Paperbook Book Day, Cheesecake Day and National Chili Dog Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, you three! Have a wonderful birthday!

Birthdays for Wednesday, July 27

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six wonderful visual journalists…


Amy Barnette Cunningham is a wire and copy editor for the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville, Ky. A 2011 graduate of the University of Memphis, Amy worked on the copy desk of the student paper there, the Daily Helmsman, and freelanced for the Commercial Appeal. After serving an internship at the Pioneer Press of Saint Paul, Minn., she joined the studio in late 2011. Find her web site here. Amy turns 30 today.


Rayanne Duchane is communications coordinator for the Nacogdoches (Texas) Independent School District. You might know her better by her previous name: Rayanne Schmid. A 1997 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, Rayanne spent four years as a reporter and then lifestyles editor of the Kerrville, Texas, Daily Times before becoming news editor of the Monitor in McAllen, Texas. Two-and-a-half years later, she moved back to Kerrville as managing editor. In 2010, she was named editor and publisher of the Daily Sentinel in Nacogdoches. She left the newspaper business in 2012. Rayanne turns 41 today.


AnnMarie Martin is communications director for the Huntsville Madison County (Ala.) Public Library. A 1984 graduate of Alabama’s University of Montevallo, AnnMarie spent nine years as an arts writer for the Huntsville Times. She went back to school in 1995 at the University of Alabama at Huntsville and became a copy editor, books columnist and editor of the books page in 1996. She left the Times in 2011.


Bill Marx is a sports copy editor with the McClatchy Publishing Center in Charlotte, N.C. A 1982 graduate of the University of Central Florida, Bill spent 16 years as a copy editor and then chief of the sports copy desk at the Orlando Sentinel. He moved to St. Louis in 1992 to work for the Sporting News but also worked part-time on the sports copy desk of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. When the Sporting News relocated to Charlotte in 2008, Bill moved with it. He spent six years as senior managing editor for NASCAR coverage and then nearly a year-and-a-half as assistant managing editor of the digital desk before the Sporting News laid him — and a lot of other terrific folks — off in 2013. He joined McClatchy in 2013. Find his Twitter feed here. Bill turns 56 today.


Carole Miller is a freelance writer and editor based in Raleigh, N.C. A 1974 graduate of the University of Oregon, Carole spent two years at Popular Mechanics magazine, six years at the North County News and two years at the Journal News of White Plains, N.Y., before moving to the News & Observer of Raleigh in 2000. She served as editor of the N&O‘s Q section, manager of the conversion to CCI, staff development editor and features editor. Carole left the N&O in May. Find her Twitter feed here.


Barry Reeves is a real estate broker with Keller Williams Realty in Charlotte, N.C. A 1992 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Barry spent a year as a reporter and copy editor for the Houston Post and another year as college editor for before joining the Sporting News in 1996. He, too, relocated to Charlotte when the Sporting News did in 2008. Barry served as senior editor of what eventually became, assistant managing editor for pro sports, managing editor of the web operation, editor-at-large, NFL editor, and college hoops and soccer editor. Like Bill, two paragraphs above, he was laid off in 2013. He started selling real estate that summer. Find his Twitter feed here. Barry turns 46 today.

Amy, AnnMarie, Rayanne, Barry, Carole and Bill share a birthday with actors Richard William “Wil” Wheaton III, David Warner, Allison Mack, Génesis Rodríguez Pérez, Joshua Michael “Josh” Radnor and Clara Gordon Bow; musicians Vivienne Patricia “Patti” Scialfa, Martina Mariea Schiff (better known as Martina McBride), Brian Joseph Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) and Gary Lee Weinrib (better known as Geddy Lee of Rush); choreographer Paul Taylor, poet Stanley Jasspon Kunitz, novelist Newton Booth Tarkington, comedian Irwin Corey, economist Daniel McFadden; sports greats Chad Ryan Billingsley (baseball), Dick Harmon (golf), Robert Blake Theodore “Ted” Lindsay (hockey); political wives Marilyn Tucker Quayle and Mary Elizabeth Alexander Hanford “Liddy” Dole; diplomat Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld; Italian dictator Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini; celebrity lawyer Melvin Mouron Belli, illustrator and comic book creator Dave Stevens, documentary maker Kenneth Lauren “Ken” Burns and TV newsman Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings.

In addition, today is Lasagna Day, National Chicken Wing Day and Rain Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a terrific birthday!

Another batch of “the Alphabet” front page art from the Sentinel & Enterprise

Last week, we took at look at the Sentinel & Enterprise of Fitchburg, Mass., and the paper’s month-long project during which they’ve turned Page One over to an artist and her team of interns.

They, in turn, recruited designers and typographers all over the world to create alphabet-themed artwork and stories for the paper’s front page.


The project started on Monday, July 13 with the letter A. The paper runs one front page a day — with the exception of Sunday — wrapping the Alphabet page around the paper’s standard front page. Which temporarily becomes page A3.


When we visited this project last week, the paper had just printed the I page at bottom right.


Here are the pages the Sentinel & Enterprise has run since then:


The letter: J
Designer: Joe Riedel
Specialty: Typographer and letterpress printer
Based: Northampton, Conn.


The paper reported:

“I wanted to pay tribute to the long history of the Fitchburg Sentinel and also to newspaper printing in general,” he said. “A couple generations ago, letterpress printing was a major trade, and it was far from the artisanal craft many consider it today. So I wanted to tie my project in to the newspaper and community.”


The letter: K
Designer: Francesca Bolognini
Specialty: Type designer and font developer
Based: London



The letter: L
Designer: Anna Schuleit Haber
Specialty: Type designer and font developer
Based: New Orleans


Schuleit Haber is the German-born artist who is overseeing the entire project this summer in Fitchburg. She chose the letter L for herself.


The letter: M
Designer: Franz Werner
Specialty: Typography and photography
Based: Providence, R.I.


Werner teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.


And today’s installment is an exercise in the use of negative space.


The letter: N
Designer: Frank Grießhammer
Specialty: Typeface designer
Based: California

Grießhammer helped develop Adobe’s Typekit font development tools.

Barring breaking news, the project should be complete by Aug. 11. Read more about it here. Read more about the contributing artists here.

Average daily circulation for the Sentinel & Enterprise is 15,031.