A look at Wednesday’s World Series pages

Last night, the San Francisco Giants clobbered the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Game One of the World Series in Kansas City.

It was the first post-season loss for the Royals this season. Their winning streak is halted at eight games.

Circulation: 200,365

Down 4-0 in the 4th inning, the Royals yanked starter James Shields. Star staffer John Sleezer made the picture that was used on today’s front page.


That page was designed by Charles Gooch.

Sleezer also shot this picture of third baseman Mike Moustakas, just after his strikeout in the 5th inning.


That page was designed by Bob Merrick and Neil Nakahodo.

Charles tells us:

We’ve been putting together a special section (usually 10-12 pages) after the games. Tonight, it was a herculean 18-page section. Our sports department really did a fantastic job throwing it together.

The Star has been running a full page photo inside after every playoff game. Today’s picture by staffer Keith Myers is of the pregame festivities at Kauffman Stadium last night.


That, too, was designed by Neil Nakahodo.

Circulation: 229,176

The Giants got off to a fast start last night with a two-run homer by right fielder Hunter Pence in the very first inning. Chronicle staffer Michael Macor got the shot for page one.


That Chronicle page is from the Newseum. Of course.

UPDATE – 8:15 p.m. PDT

And here is today’s sports front.


That lead photo is by staffer Carlos Avila Gonzalez.

This means, of course, the Giants lead the best-of-seven series, 1-0. They’ll play again tonight at 8 p.m. ET — or 5 p.m. here on the West Coast. The World Series is televised by Fox Sports.

The series will take Thursday off and then resume Friday in San Francisco.

Birthdays for Wednesday, Oct. 22

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


David Downham is a production designer for Angie’s List in Indianapolis, Ind. A 2011 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., David interned at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and at the Oklahoman of Oklahoma City before signing on as a designer at the Gannett Design Studio in Nashville. In 2012, he moved back to the Oklahoman and then moved again to Indy last year. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. David turns 26 today.


Kathryn Esplin is a writer and copy editor with Demand Media and working out of Boston, Mass. A 1975 graduate of McGill University, Kathryn earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University in 1983 and then spent six years as a reporter, features editor and senior editor for Digital News Media of Boston. She’s worked in a number of editorial-type positions ever since. She started work for Demand in 2010.


Jaedda Hall is internship program coordinator for NASA Langley Research Center and a graduate assistant and resume coach at Regent University in Virginia Beach. A 2009 graduate of Norfolk State University, Jaedda spent more than two years as editor-in-chief for the school’s student paper, the Spartan Echo. She spent six months as an intern with the Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau and three years working as an intern and then a full-time reporter with the Virginian-Pilot. She spent a year working in placement services at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In 2011, she became a career coach at the Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads in Virginia Beach. She moved over to Regent last summer and then went to work for NASA two months ago. Find Jaedda’s personal web site here.


Vince Lara-Cinisomo is web editor for Baseball America and feedback editor for the Bleacher Report, working out of Chapel Hill, N.C. A 2003 graduate of St. Francis College in Brooklyn, Vince was assistant managing editor of the Pittsburgh Business Times before joining the Sporting News in Charlotte, N.C., as assistant managing editor. 2008. He left the Sporting News in 2012, moved to Chapel Hill and has done work for Yahoo and Rivals.com, as well as the Silicon Valley Business Journal. He set out on his current gigs a year ago. Find his Twitter feed here. Vince turns 46 today


Melissa Umbarger is niche publications editor for the News & Record of Greensboro, N.C. A 2001 graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., Melissa spent two years as a copy editor for the Daily Press of Newport News., Va. before joining the News & Record in 2003 as a copy editor. She was promoted to her current position last fall. She also worked as a freelance reporter and copy editor, writing city profiles for the in-flight magazines for US Airways and Delta. Find her Twitter feed here.

David, Kathryn, Jaedda, Melissa and Vince share a birthday with actors Annette Joanne Funicello, Jeffrey Lynn “Jeff” Goldblum, Jonathan William Lipnicki, Christopher Allen Lloyd, Jay Johnston, Robert “Bob” Odenkirk, Joan de Veauvoir de Havilland (better known as Joan Fontaine) and Jerome Lester “Jerry” Horwitz (better known as Curly Howard of the Three Stooges); musicians Orville Richard Burrell (better known as Shaggy), Zachary Walker “Zac” Hanson, Wesley Stace (better known as John Wesley Harding) and Franz Liszt; director Adam Spiegel (better known as Spike Jonze); psychologist and LSD guru Timothy Francis Leary; spiritualist Deepak Chopra; attempted presidential assassin Lynette Alice “Squeaky” Fromme; Italian chef Ettore “Hector” Boiardi (better known as Chef Boyardee); sports greats Brian Anthony Boitano (skating), Ichiro Suzuki, Robinson José Canó Mercedes (both baseball) and Earl Heath Miller Jr. (football) and painter Newell Convers Wyeth.

In addition, today is National Nut Day, Smart Is Cool Day, Medical Assistants Recognition Day, International Stuttering Awareness Day and CAPS LOCK DAY. Seriously.

Best wishes, folks! Have a wonderful birthday!

Charles Apple named managing editor/visuals of the Victoria Advocate

Today, I have an announcement of my own: I’m leaving my job as Focus page editor of the Orange County Register and moving to Texas.


Starting in early December, I’ll be managing editor for visuals of the Victoria Advocate — a paper I’ve admired greatly and about which I’ve written often, here in the blog.

Monday, Advocate editor Chris Cobler announced to his staff:

I’m delighted to announce that Charles Apple will be joining our team as managing editor/visuals.

As an industry leader in newspaper design, Charles needs little introduction, but I’ll briefly summarize his wide range of experience: Early in his career, he was a sports stringer for the Rock Hill (S.C.) Evening Herald and later became a graphic artist there. His remarkable work led him to similar positions at the Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer, the Chicago Tribune and Des Moines Register.

He served for five years as graphics director of the Virginian Pilot until the recession hit in 2008. From there, he further enhanced his national reputation as an international consultant and through his blog, which is a must-read for all newspaper designers…

To bring in a journalist of this caliber, [managing editor] Becky, [design director] Kiko and I discussed how best to structure the newsroom. Through those conversations, we landed on the title of managing editor/visuals… Becky’s title will be adjusted slightly to managing editor/content, but her job description remains unchanged, except that she obviously will be working closely with Charles on the visual aspect of our content.

You might be wondering why Charles would come to a smaller newspaper like the Victoria Advocate from his current position as Focus editor at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. As many of you know, Charles has been a huge fan of the creative work we have done at the Advocate for many years, and that’s how he and I first became acquainted. With the turmoil in the industry, Charles believes community newspapers like the Advocate are the future and appreciates, as I do, the family ownership here.

His first day is set for Dec. 1. He and his wife, Sharon, will be in Victoria Oct. 29-Nov. 2 on an apartment-hunting expedition.

As exciting as my new job sounds, please understand: I leave California with a great deal of sadness. I love my colleagues at the Register and my editors have been very kind to me. Focus page editor has been the most fun job I’ve ever had.

In addition, my daughter and I just love California.


Some of you know I have occasional health issues with asthma, allergies and the like. I’ve never breathed better than I have here in Orange County. I imagine I’ll be allergic to every other molecule in the air in Texas, just as I was in Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, North Carolina and the rest.

Sadly, my wife, Sharon, never made the move to California. She came to see us a couple of times, but she lingered a bit in Atlanta to help deal with family matters.


But, sadly, it’s time for us to move on. I’m just lucky I have a top-notch outfit like the Advocate — and a top-notch editor like Chris — who’s willing to provide me with a new professional challenge.

The Advocate is a family-owned daily that circulates an average of 26,531 papers on weekdays. The city is about two hours from San Antonio, two hours from Houston, two hours from Austin and two hours from Corpus Christi. It’s maybe 30 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico.


Victoria is a gorgeous little city with deep historical roots. You guys know how much I love history. I was completely charmed by the place during my visit there several weeks ago.


The whole small-town, family thing was driven home — almost literally — when my mom drove down from her place in Fort Worth and crashed my interview.


The Advocate likes to surprise and delight its readers as often as possible. As Chris notes, I’ve blogged about the paper frequently over the years.

The plan is for me to continue building Focus pages here in Southern California through Thanksgiving. We plan to move over the holiday.

Chris covered the standard biographical info above, so let’s skip that this time. If you feel compelled to see more details about my career, read this item I posted 20 months ago, when I moved to the west coast.

A great way to sample some of my work here in California would be to read about the two-day Focus page series on the Beach Boys I did back in June.


Or, you can check out my gallery at NewsPageDesigner. I’m several months behind in posting my work, but you’ll definitely get the idea.

Before I got into teaching, I spent several years as a graphics reporter, artist and editor. One of my favorite battle stories is the work my staff did covering the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003.


Read more about that here.

Before I got into management, I was known for my work as a graphic artist. This was the assignment that really took my career to the next level.


That ran in May 1995.

Not only did I design and draw that page, I also researched and wrote it. I was also known for my work reporting graphics for breaking news stories.

More recently, I’ve done a bit of freelance graphic work. One of my most successful projects has been a big election grid that I originally built in 2000 and have updated for every presidential election cycle since.


In 2012, I sold the graphic to 36 newspapers around the country. Read about that project here.

Chris mentioned I’ve done teaching and consulting work internationally. That’s true: I’ve been to the Philippines, Nigeria (below), Kenya and especially South Africa.


If you put my six trips to South Africa together, it would total more than nine months.

My very first overseas assignment, however, was to England. And the whole thing was a bit of a fluke. I recently wrote about that here.

When I travel, I blog about my adventures. Here’s a sample from my time in Nigeria in March of 2012…


…and here’s my final dispatch from Nairobi (above) in August of that same year.

The last time I was on Johannesburg, it snowed. And it never snows there.


In addition to work, I also manage to get in a little fun from time to time. One time, I went to a nature preserve and got to watch them feed the kitties.


When I’m in Cape Town, I like to drive around and take in the scenery.


Or I’ll just watch the mountain. Table mountain is just incredible.

So I’m looking forward to moving to Texas and I’m looking forward to getting back into teaching+mentoring mode.

This is gonna be fun. Stay tuned.

Birthdays for Tuesday, Oct. 21

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


Thomas Slusser is photo editor of the Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown, Pa. A 2000 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa., Thomas spent five-and-a-half years as a shooter for the Indiana Gazette before joining the Picture People in Chesapeake, Va., as a photography coach and trainer. From 2009 to last year, he freelanced for such clients as the Virginian-Pilot, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Financial Times and Reuters. He joined the Tribune-Democrat last year. Find his Twitter feed here. Thomas turns 38 today.


Brian Throckmorton is a research editor for the Legislative Research Commission in Frankfort, Ky. A 1983 graduate of Georgetown University, Brian worked as a copy editor for Phillips Publishing and the American Society for Microbiology before joining the Lexington Herald-Leader in 1997. He became copy chief of the features department of the San Jose Mercury News in 2000 but then moved back to Lexington in 2002 as chief of the copy desk. Lexington laid him off in 2009, but Brian caught on in at the Louisville Courier-Journal the next summer. After eight months with the C-J, Brian moved to his current position in 2011.

Thomas and Brian share a birthday with actors Carrie Frances Fisher, Ken Wantanabe and Sofia Vladimiorvna Vassilieva; musicians John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, Steven Lee “Steve” Cropper, Elvin Bishop, Charlotte Irene Caffey (of the Go-Go’s) and Manfred Sepse Lubowitz (better known as Manfred Mann); TV personalities Kimberly Noel Kardashian and Judith Susan Blum Sheindlin (better known as Judge Judy); sports greats Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford, Jorge Antonio Bell Mathey (better known as George Bell), Donald Zackary “Zack” Greinke (all three baseball), Ricard “Ricky” Rubio i Vives (basketball), Morris C. “Mo” Lewis (football) and William Alexander “Bill” Curry (football coach); astronaut Ronald Ervin McNair; Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu; foul play victim Natalee Ann Holloway; poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge; inventor Alfred Bernhard Nobel and legendary advertising executive Leo Burnett.

In addition, today is Celebration of the Mind Day, Reptile Awareness Day and Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day. Seriously.

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