Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four wonderful visual journalists…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
…and, very shortly, found myself working at the Chicago Tribune.
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.
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.
Last winter, I made the move to Victoria, Texas, to become managing editor for visuals of the Victoria Advocate.
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.
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!