Birthdays for Sunday, April 26

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

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John Hornberg is a sports copy editor and designer for the Bakersfield Californian. A 2009 graduate of San Jose State University, John served as managing editor and then executive editor of the school’s student paper, the Spartan Daily. After a copy-editing internship at the Los Angeles Times, John spent a year as a copy editor of Comstock’s magazine before moving to the Advocate of Victoria, Texas, as a sports reporter in 2010. He was named sports editor in 2011 and moved back to California in 2013. Find his Twitter feed here.

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Augustinho Rocha is an e-commerce manager for Visonde Logistica in Ponta Grossa, Brazil. Previously, he was a news artist for Jornal Hora de Santa Catarina, Jornal Bom Dia and Diario Catarinense. Find his Twitter feed here. Augustinho turns 38 today.

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Shraddha Swaroop is a product designer for the LRN Corp. of Los Angeles. A 1994 graduate of Cal State Fullerton, Shraddha spent two years as a designer and editor for the North County Times in Escondido, Calif. and two years with a suburban Los Angeles newspaper group before joining the San Jose Mercury News in 2000. Shraddha leaped to the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., in 2007. She free-lanced for a while and joined the Los Angeles Times in 2008, prototyping, launching and then designing the Envelope features tab as well as the Image, Home, Arts & Books sections and the daily and Sunday Calendar pages. She’s also worked for Variety, SuperMedia of Los Amamitos, Gateway of Phoenix, Ariz., the Asian Pacific American Legal Center and Premier Woodworks of Bend, Ore. Shraddha also spent three years as the director of Region 2 of the Society for News Design. Find her portfolio site here and her Twitter feed here.

In addition, your not-quite-so-humble blogger — Charles Apple – turns 53 today.

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I’m a graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. — although it wasn’t Winthrop University when I was there. It was just plain ol’ Winthrop College. I graduated in 1984 after several years of working in the school’s sports information operation and stringing for the Charlotte Observer.

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Two pictures of me at the Athens Banner-Herald,
around 1987 or so. On the left is my first Mac.
On the right, I’m drawing an editorial cartoon.

I spent several years working at small papers: the Athens, Ga., Banner-Herald and Daily News and the Rock Hill Herald. I joined the staff of the Raleigh, N.C. News & Observer in 1993, won a handful of SND awards for graphics and graphics reporting…

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…and, very shortly, found myself working at the Chicago Tribune.

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My award-winning staff at
 the Virginian-Pilot in 2007.


I entered the world of management in 1999 at the Des Moines Register and then moved to the Virginian-Pilot in 2003. After the Pilot eliminated my department and my position, I spent a brief time with the Sporting News in Charlotte, N.C.

For the next four-and-a-half years, I worked as as a free-lance instructor, consultant, writer and designer, teaching news design and graphics seminars around the country. I spent a total of eight months consulting for newspapers in South Africa. I also taught in the Philippines, in Nigeria and in Kenya.

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Teaching in Nigeria in 2012.


Mostly, though, I blogged. Blogging has never paid anything. But during my long years out of work, it keep me productive and positive — at times — and it allowed me to help make your life and your job a little easier. And, perhaps, a little more fun.

Or, at least, that was my hope.

All that changed in 2013, however, when I was hired by the Orange County Register of Santa Ana, Calif., in the southern suburbs of Los Angeles, not far from Anaheim and Disneyland. I designed a five-days-a-week feature the paper called Focus: A full-page, single-topic look at an issue in the news.

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Last winter, I made the move to Victoria, Texas, to become managing editor for visuals of the Victoria Advocate.

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Find my portfolio here.

I live in Victoria with my 22-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. My wife, Sharon — a special ed teacher — is helping take care of her folks in Atlanta.

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I’m on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. If you’ve not friended me, please feel free.

John, Augustinho, Shraddha and I share a birthday with actors Channing Matthew Tatum, Thomas John Patrick “Tom” Welling, Li Lian Jie (better known as Jet Li), Kevin George Knipfing (better known as Kevin James), Carol Creighton Burnett, Jason Daniel Earles, Marceline Ann Williams (better known as Spice Williams-Crosby), Joan Chong Chen and Kathleen Dee-Ann “Koo” Stark; musicians Robert Louis Ridarelli (better known as Bobby Rydell), Duane Eddy, Jonathan “Jon” Lee (of S Club 7), Stanley Wayne “Jay” DeMarcus Jr. (of Rascal Flatts) and Gary Malcolm Wright; sports greats John Robert Isner (tennis) and Amos Joseph Otis (baseball); architect Ieoh Ming “I.M.” Pei; landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead; naturalist and painter John James Audubon, Nazi war criminal Rudolf Walter Richard Hess and former prisoner of war Jessica Dawn Lynch.

In addition, today is Audubon Day, Mother, Father Deaf Day, National Kids and Arts Day, National Pretzel Day, Pinhole Photography Day, Richter Scale Day, Hug an Australian Day, National Help a Horse Day and Do Dah Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have an excellent birthday today!

Birthdays for Saturday, April 25

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six top-notch visual journalists…

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Laura Garcia is a reporter for the Victoria (Texas) Advocate. A 2011 graduate of San Antonio College, Laura served as editor of the student paper there, the Ranger. She worked internships at the Longview News-Journal, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, and the Roanoke Times before starting work in Victoria last August. Find Laura’s Twitter feed here.

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Joe Ligon is a video producer via his own company, Ligon Productions, in Richburg, S.C., not far south of Charlotte, N.C. A 1984 graduate of Winthrop College in Rock Hill — where he was a classmate of yours truly — Joe went to work as a videographer and editor for PM Magazine, a nationally-syndicated TV show. He moved to Columbia, S.C., in 1987 as a producer. In 1992, he joined Creative Sports — which later folded into ESPN Regional — specializing in NASCAR broadcasts. Joe went into business for himself in 1996, producing segments for TNN, HGTV, the Food Network, and the Speed Channel, among others. Find his Twitter feed here. Joe turns 53 today.

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Edward Miller is a management and writing coach based in Marietta, Ga., near Atlanta. A 1963 graduate of Williams College of Williamstown, Mass., Edward worked on the Paris-based International Edition of the New York Herald Tribune before becoming editor of the Morning Call of Allentown, Pa., in 1969. He co-founded the Society for News Design and was named publisher of the Morning Call in 1979. He joined the Poynter Institute in 1989 to teach management and graphics. He and his wife, Cindy — a former editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution — coach and teach via their leadership consultancy. Find his Twitter feed here. Edward turns 73 today.

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Brett Roseman is a media specialist and photographer for the University of Wisconsin-Stout. A 2001 graduate of the University of Iowa, Brett served as a shooter and a photo editor for the student paper there, the Daily Iowan. He worked internships for the Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald and the Peoria Journal Star before starting work for the Times of Munster, Ind., in 2002. Five months later, Brett moved to the Chicago Sun-Times, where he worked for nine-and-a-half years. He shot freelance for a while and caught on at Wisconsin-Stout a year ago. Find Brett’s web site here and his Twitter feed here.

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Becky Allison Sentelle is a supply chain analyst for 3M in Greenville, S.C. But once — a zillion years ago — she was an editor for the Johnsonian, the student newspaper at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, S.C. Among her headaches there: A smartass editorial cartoonist and a columnist who always wrote too long. Unfortunately for Becky, both of those people were me. Somehow, though, we all managed to graduate.

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Sally House White is office coordinator for consumer sales at Windstream Communications of Charlotte, N.C. A 1982 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Sally started in 1983 as a reporter for the Lancaster (S.C.) News and worked her way up the ladder to managing editor. She spent a year as assistant vice president of the Rock Hill (S.C.) Chamber of Commerce before becoming business editor of the Rock Hill Herald in 1989. She earned a masters degree from Winthrop University, taught at Winthrop and at Queens University of Charlotte and sold real estate before starting Pinnacle Solutions — a marketing, communications and business growth firm in Lake Wylie, S.C. — in 1992 with her husband, Russell. Sally joined Windstream in 2013. Find her Twitter feed here.

Laura, Brett, Becky, Joe, Sally and Edward share a birthday with actors Alfredo James “Al” Pacino, Reneé Kathleen Zellweger, Jason Michael Lee, Sara Paxton, Henry Albert “Hank” Azaria, Gina Torres and Talia Rose Coppola (better known as Talia Shire); musicians Björn Kristian Ulvaeus (of Abba), Stuart Alden “Stu” Cook (of Creedence Clearwater Revival), Andrew Ivan “Andy” Bell (of Erasure), Albert Nelson (better known as Albert King) and Ella Jane Fitzgerald; sports greats DeAngelo Williams, Antonio Cromartie (both football), Timothy Theodore “Tim” Duncan, Meadow “Meadowlark” Lemon (both basketball) and Joseph Francis “Joe” Buck (announcer); director “Paul” Irwin Mazursky; inventor Guglielmo Marconi, Sylvia cartoonist Nicole Hollander and journalist Egbert Roscoe Murrow (better known as Edward R. Murrow).

In addition to Eeyore’s Birthday, today is DNA Day, Hairstylists Appreciation Day, Hug a Plumber Day, Red Hat Society Day, World Penguin Day, License Plate Day, Malaria Awareness Day and International Marconi Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a terrific birthday today!

‘Let your creativity stretch its legs and run’ at the Hutch News

My pal Ron Sylvesterthe brand-new managing editor of the Hutchinson News of Hutchinson, Kan. — is looking to hire a page designer.

Here’s the ad he asked me to post:

Here’s an opening for an entry level page designer offering rare benefits for a modern journalist:

  • The chance to work for a stable company with no debt and growing opportunities. Because of this, we offer a profit sharing program, so you’re not just working those long hours for the CEO to be the only one who gets a raise.
  • We haven’t had layoffs since 2009. How many newsrooms can say that?
  • Doing work that actually gets feedback at the local coffee shop every morning, because you interact with readers daily, not designing pages in some faraway hub. Because it serves a smaller community with powerful local news coverage, people actually read our paper and web site.
  • We’re a town of 42,000 people, but we have a vibrant group of young professionals. Even our mayor is under the age of 40.
  • We pay salaries competitive with larger papers, but because of our cost of living, you’ll feel like you’re getting a raise.

The Hutchinson News has an average daily circulation of 27,000 (30,000 Sundays), serving a town of 42,000 people and communities across western Kansas.

But just because we’re a small town, it doesn’t mean we don’t do big-time journalism. We were the first newspaper in Kansas to win a Pulitzer and ever since we’ve continued to strive to produce the best quality. For the second year in a row, we’ve won the state’s overall sweepstakes award in the largest circulation daily division. That means we not only hold our own, but at times surpass, bigger newsrooms.

Simply put: Hutch News kicks butt.

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We’re looking for someone to help us display those award-winning stories and photos in interesting and innovative ways. Here’s a place in the wide open Great Plains, where you’ll have room to let your creativity stretch its legs and run.  Because this is a place people like to live and work, you’ll be surrounded by veteran professionals who will help you grow.

If this sounds like a team you’d like to join, send a cover letter, resume with references and examples of your work to:

Ron Sylvester, managing editor
rsylvester [at] hutchnews.com

I worked closely with Ron and his team during my time at the Orange County Register. He’s top-notch.

Hutchinson is about an hour northwest of Wichita and a little more than three hours west of Kansas City.

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The main industries in Hutchinson are farming, the salt mine and some manufacturing. Among the latter:

  • The Lowen Sign Co., which is the country’s largest maker of real estate signs.
  • Collins Bus Corp., the country’s largest school bus manufacturer.
  • A wind turbine nacelle factory operated by Siemens.

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Hutchinson is also the site of the annual National Junior College Athletic Association basketball tournament.

I’ve always wanted to visit Hutchinson. There is a world-class space museum there, the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.

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Among the exhibits there: Both the Apollo 13 spacecraft and Gus Grissom’s old Mercury capsule, which spent decades on the floor of the Atlantic.

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The city is also the home of Strataca, an active salt mine that’s so stable in temperature and humidity that the operators also use the place to store fragile old movie film and other artifacts.

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Among the original reels reportedly stored there: Gone With the Wind, the Wizard of Oz and Star Wars.

Famous people from Hutchinson include NFL quarterback Pat Ryan, Dodger pitcher Jack Banta, actor Aneta Corsaut, Playboy models Racquel Darrian and Julie Woodson, photographer Hal Prewitt and journalist James B. Steele (of the famed Philadelphia Inquirer investigative duo Bartlett and Steele).

Find the city’s official web site here and its tourism bureau here.

Find the Hutchinson News‘ web site here.

Find Ron Sylvester’s web site here and his Twitter feed here.

Birthdays for Friday, April 24

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

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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 samples of his work here.

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Lara Weber is a member of the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune. 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, a year later, became 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. She moved to the editorial board in March. Find Lara’s Twitter feed here.

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Alexandro Medrano is director of Innovation and Strategic Planning and art director at Excélsior in Mexico City.  A 1994 graduate of the graphics program of the Centro de Estudios Superiores de Diseño de Monterrey, Alexandro has worked for el Norte, Esmas.com, TV Azteca and el Diario.

Alexandro, Jim and Lara 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 to Arbor Day, today is National Teach Your Children to Save Day, World Meningitis Day, National Hairball Awareness Day and New Kids on the Block Day. Seriously.

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

Three huge centerpiece-worthy games. One front page. What’s a sports designer to do?

Tuesday was an uncommonly interesting sports day for the folks in Washington, D.C. — both the NBA Wizards and the NHL Capitols pulled off big playoff wins and the baseball Nationals came back for a thrilling win.

The Washington Post‘s rose to the occasion with an uncommonly brilliant sports front page. Dan tells us:

It was a fun night!

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Dan writes:

Last week when I knew all these teams would be playing on the same night I wanted to do something different to give the playoff teams equal play, and thought the Nationals would go on bottom somewhere with the Redskins schedule story.

But at start of Tuesday night, I sold our sports editor, Matt Vita, on stripping the Redskins schedule to make room for this setup of our three live games.

We had staff photogs at each game so I emailed them my cover early in the night on what I was hoping for. Also talked to night editor Greg Schimmel that if all teams win or lose we can do a head treatment to tie it all together.

When the Nats hit their walk-off home run to end the night, we were off and running.

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Toni L. Sandys shot the Nats game in D.C. and James Wagner wrote the story.

Dan continues:

I worked with Karl Hente on what I was aiming for with the headlines and we came up with a head for the Wiz and Nats…

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Jonathan Newton shot the Wiz game in Toronto and Jorge Castillo wrote the story.

…before Greg Schimmell and Scott Silverstein added the “boost” for the Caps.

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John McDonnell shot the Caps game in New York and Alex Prewitt wrote the story.

The games were arranged in the order in which they finished. We highlighted that info in the photo captions.

Lastly, to keep the theme going, our headline for the Redskins schedule was “A blueprint.” in the teez bar at the top of the page.

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A graduate of Western Illinois University, Dan Worthington spent a year-and-a-half as assistant sports editor of the Daily Review Atlas of Monmouth, Ill. before moving to the Beaufort (S.C.) Gazette and the (Hilton Head) Island Packet in 2008.

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He moved to a sports design position with the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., in 2009 and was promoted to assistant sports editor a year later. He moved to the Post in 2013.

I most recently wrote about Dan’s work at the beginning of March Madness.

A few more samples:

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Find Dan’s web site here, his YouTube channel here and his Twitter feed here.