Philadelphia DME Kevin Burkett leaves newspapers, buys a theatre

Kevin Burkett stepped down this week as deputy managing editor for presentation of the Philadelphia Inquirer.


He’s moving back to his hometown of Logansport, Indiana, where he bought an old theatre, originally built in 1940. He’s already started work on restoring it.

Here’s what the place looked like, once upon a time:


Kevin writes on his Facebook timeline:

What a beauty! Slowly but surely, we’re on our way back to this (or as close as humanly possible)!!!

Please like my State Theatre Facebook page to keep up on the transformation.

In addition, Kevin is opening up a design firm there in Logansport. Sarah Einselen of the Pharos-Tribune reports:

Burkett founded State of the Arts Media as a side business to support him as he renovates the State Theater for its intended September reopening. The design consulation company will allow Burkett to still use the design skills he’s acquired over 17 years with the Philadelphia Inquirer, he said.

This explains the cool posters for fall events posted on the State Theatre’s Facebook page.


Clearly, Kevin’s been a busy guy this summer.

The new-and-improved State Theatre already has a web page up and running, as well as a shiny new Twitter feed.

Kevin wrote the book about the history of his hometown. Literally: …But Not Forgotten, the story of Logansport, Ind., was published in 2011.


Find the book’s Facebook page here,

A 1997 graduate of Ball State University, Kevin went to work right away for the Inquirer, spending four years as a news artist and then four more as art director. He was promoted to assistant managing editor for presentation in 2006 and then to corporate creative director for the Philadelphia Media Network in 2011. He was named DME in 2012.

Find Kevin’s Flickr photostream here and his Twitter feed here.

Birthdays for Friday, Aug. 1

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five superlative visual journalists…


Mark Edelen is director of online production for the Virginian-Pilot 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 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 his current position in 2008. Find his Twitter feed here. Mark turns 50 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’s been freelancing for 20 years. He left the Post-Gazette in 2011. Find Stacy’s illustration portfolio here and his personal web site here.

Brian Moore recently departed the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif., after 21 years there. A graduate of Cal State-Fullerton, Brian started out at the Register in 1993 as an editorial assistant, moved int a design and proofreading spot and then ended up as a graphic artist. He took a buyout in June. Brian turns 41 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 53 today.


Reed Reibstein is an art director and project manager at 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. Find his Twitter feed here. Reed turns 26 today.

Reed, Brian, Stacy, 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 Girlfriends Day, India Pale Ale Day, National Minority Donor Awareness Day, Respect for Parents, World Wide Web Day and Spider-Man Day. Seriously.

Have an terrific birthday today, folks! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Thursday, July 31

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five talented 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 34 today.


Lynn Hicks is executive business 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. Find his Twitter feed here. Lynn turns 46 today.


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 last fall. Find his Twitter feed here. John turns 37 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.

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 Bratwurst Day, National Chili Dog Day, World Ranger Day and Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have an excellent birthday today!

How you can spot a fake news clipping

Thanks to the handful of folks who sent me this news clipping over past 36 hours or so. But it’s bogus.


The top part is real enough. But the bottom half — the reason it’s making the rounds — is a fake.

How can I tell? For those of you not in the newspaper business….

  1. The Daily Star doesn’t use Times Roman headlines. You can see their serif headline font, in fact, in the skyboxes above. I don’t know what that is, but it’s not Times Roman Bold.
  2. That deck was written and designed by someone who has no clue how a newspaper headline works. It’s way too small, it probably shouldn’t be centered and it should probably have a verb in it somewhere — especially if the headline itself doesn’t have one.
  3. Also, decks don’t typically have periods at the end of ‘em.
  4. Note the greyed-out Associated Press byline. Why would the Tucson paper run a local story from the wires? More likely, the Tucson paper would write a story and then the wires would pick it up.
  5. Note the Tucson dateline: That’s unnecessary.
  6. Note the story is set in a sans-serif font. Most newspaper stories appear in serif type. Furthermore, this appears to be Helvetica — not many larger papers use Helvetica anymore.
  7. Clearly, none of the folks who sent the story to me actually read it. There are a number of double entendres sprinkled through the story. In a few cases, I’d call them single entendres. Clearly, this is a satire.

Evidently, the folks who came up with this little prank are having a lot of fun with it. The fake Facebook page for the C.L.I.T.T. had nearly 5,000 likes, as of last night.

Birthdays for Wednesday, July 30

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


Amy Kuenzie is a yoga teacher and vocational rehab caseworker based in Irmo, South Carolina. 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. She’s been with the state Vocational Rehabilitation Department for nearly eight years and has taught yoga for four years. Her husband, Jack, is a reporter for Channel 10, WIS-TV in Columbia. Find her web page here and 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. Franz and Simone recently returned from a one-year posting to Boulogne-Billancourt, France.


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 February. 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 Father-In-Law Day, the International Day of Friendship, Paperback Book Day and Cheesecake Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, you three! Have a truly great birthday today!