A visitor from the Great Plains

Hey, I know that guy!


Unfortunately for Ian Lawton of the Omaha World-Herald, it looks like he knows me, too.

Ian is in Southern California for a few days. Last night, he joined us for dinner.

It was very cool, finally getting to meet Ian face-to-face. I’ve been a fan of his work for a long, long time. Ian spent three years as an editor and designer for the tiny Ledger Independent of Maysville, Ky…


…before moving to the Gannett design studio in Louisville in December 2011.


He moved to Omaha last summer.


Even Poynter did a story on him once.

Find Ian’s portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.

Please, no booing from the press box

So, how do you celebrate the 100th anniversary of your baseball stadium?

If you cover the Cubs, there’s only one way to do it: With honesty. Brutal honesty.


Yep. That’ll do.

The Cubbies entered the ninth inning Wednesday with a three- run lead and were one out away from putting the game away, but then gave up five runs the Diamondbacks.

That’s the 6-18 Diamondbacks.

The page and that wonderful headline are both by Adam McHugh, manager for the GateHouse Desing House in Rockford, Ill., who tells us this was…

…some literary flavor to describe a century of Chicago Cubs frustration at Wrigley Field.

The paper was the Sentinel of Holland, Mich., average daily circulation 15,881.

Birthdays for Thursday, April 24

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


Jim Bounds is a free-lance photographer based in Raleigh, N.C. He’s run his own business for the past six years, but previously, Jim spent 16 years shooting for the News & Observer. His photos have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Associated Press and Bloomberg wires. Find his web site here.


Lara Weber is editor of newsroom events and producer of Chicago Live!, a weekly stage and radio show hosted by Rick Kogan and including contributions from the famed Second City comedy troupe. A 1990 graduate of the University of Kansas, Lara worked at the Times of Munster, Ind., before joining the Chicago Tribune in 1995 as a graphics coordinator. She spent 11 years as a coordinator and visual reporter before taking time off to work with the Peace Corps, coordinating an HIV/AIDS public health program in Zambia. She returned to Trib Tower in 2002, working as a news editor for RedEye and then becoming a features content editor for print and multimedia in 2005. She became health editor in 2009 and then began working with Chicago Live! in 2010. Find her Twitter feed here.

Lara and Jim share a birthday with actors Stacy Haiduk, Jack Henry Quaid, Jill Dorothy Ireland, Shirley MacLean Beaty, and Cedric Antonio Kyles (better known as Cedric the Entertainer); musicians Kelly Brianne Clarkson, Kellin Quinn (of Sleeping with Sirens) Douglas Clifford (of Creedence Clearwater Revival) and Barbra Joan Streisand; director Richard Donner, fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier; Miss Alabama 2012 Katherine Webb; sports greats Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (cricket), Lee John Westwood (golf), Laura Trott (cycling), Kristopher Allen “Kris” Letang (hockey), Carlos Iván Beltrán, Omar Enrique Vizquel González and Larry Wayne “Chipper” Jones (all three baseball); Chicago mayor Richard Michael Daley and novelist Anthony Trollope.

In addition, today is World Meningitis Day, Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day and Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Seriously.

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

Birthdays for Wednesday, April 23

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


Ani Arambula is a designer for U-T San Diego. A product of the University of San Diego and the California College of the Arts, Anita started at the Union-Tribune in 1989 as a photo lab tech. Over the next 24 years, she worked as a shooter, photo editor, illustrator, writer and art director. Find her photo blog here, her food blog here and her NewsPageDesigner portfolio here. Find Ani’s Twitter feed here.


Jodi Gersh is director of social media and engagement for Gannett in McLean, Va. A 1994 graduate of the University of Maryland, Jodi spent nearly four years as a senior account manager for the Aspire Technology Group before moving to USA Weekend magazine in 2000 as technology manager. She was promoted to director of information services in 2005, to senior systems analyst of USA Today a year later, to social media manager in 2008 and director of social media products in 2011. She assumed her current duties in 2012. Find her web site here, her blog here and her Twitter feed here.


Tony Leys is a reporter for the Des Moines Register. Tony is a 1988 graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Find his Twitter feed here.


Rob Lein is a longtime sportswriter, sports editor and copy editor currently living in Fargo, N.D. A 1979 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, Rob spent three years with the Williston Herald, 22 years with the Bismarck Tribune and three years with the Fargo Forum before leaving newspapers in 2007. He’s currently a sales rep for PepsiCo. Rob turns 58 today.


Thomas Ritchie is “chief fire starter” at Team Creative Fire, a startup web branding, design and marketing company in Sioux City, Iowa. A 1992 graduate of Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D., Thomas spent four years as a reporter and copy editor for the Yankton Press & Dakotan. He moved to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader in 1996 to become presentation editor and then to Sioux City, Iowa, to become managing editor of the Weekender in 2000. He returned to the Argus Leader as lifestyles editor in 2004. He bounced back to Sioux City in 2006 to become director of online news for Lee Enterprises. He also teaches social media at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. Thomas left Lee in 2012 to make a go at running his own company. Find his Twitter feed here.


Mike Saewitz is membership development manager for the Atlantic Media Company in Washington, D.C. A 2002 graduate of Northwestern University, Mike interned for the Virginian-Pilot, the Register of New Haven, Conn., and the St. Petersburg Times. He spent five years covering cops and courts for the Herald-Tribune of Sarasota, Fla., before rejoining the Pilot in 2007. He returned to school in 2010 and earned his MBA degree — with emphasis in strategy and finance — last year from the University of Virginia. Mike turns 34 today.

Ani, Mike, Jodi, Thomas, Tony and Rob share a birthday with actors Harvey Lee Yeary (better known as Lee Majors), Valerie Anne Bertinelli, Joyce Ann DeWitt, Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize, Janice “Jan” Hooks, George Lopez, Alexandra Zuck (better known as Sandra Dee), Shirley Jane Temple Black; Scott Hamilton Bairstow, Kalpen Suresh Modi (better known as Kal Penn) and Dev Patel; musician Roy Kelton Orbison and Stephen Maynard “Steve” Clark (of Def Leppard); documentary maker Michael Francis Moore; sports greats Alistair Edward Brownlee (triathlon), Daniela Hantuchová (tennis), Warren Edward Spahn, Andruw Rudolf Jones (both baseball), Anthony James “Tony” Esposito (hockey) and Charles Burnham “Bud” Wilkinson (football coach); terrorist Timothy James McVeigh; physicist Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck and President James Buchanan Jr.

In addition, today is English Language Day, Impossible Astronaut Day, Movie Theater Day, Talk Like Shakespeare Day, Secretarys’ Day and World Book and Copyright Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Tuesday, April 22

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to two excellent visual journalists…


Katherine Fowler is a graphic designer based in Raleigh, N.C. A 1990 graduate of North Carolina State University, Katherine spent six years as an artist for the News & Observer of Raleigh. Since 1992, she’s worked for a variety of clients in Raleigh, Atlanta, Saint Simons, Ga., and Sweden.


Rob Schultz is a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. He joined the WSJ in 2010 after nearly 29 years as a sportswriter for the Capital Times, the other paper in Madison. Find his Twitter feed here.

Katherine and Rob share a birthday with actors John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson, Sheryl Lee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Michelle Claire Ryan and Edward Albert Heimberger (better known as Eddie Albert) and Marilyn Ann Briggs (better known as Marilyn Chambers); musicians Peter Kenneth Frampton, Glen Travis Campbell and Daniel Paul Johns (of Silverchair); director John Samuel Waters; producer Aaron Spelling; model Bettie Mae Page; aviator James Stephen Fossett; sports greats Marshawn Terrell Lynch (football) and Terry Jon Francona (baseball manager); physicist Julius Robert Oppenheimer; novelist Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov and Russian revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.

In addition to Earth Day, today is Girl Scout Leaders Day, National Jelly Bean Day and “In God We Trust” Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, you two! Best wishes!