Birthdays for Sunday, April 19

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


Erin Crabb is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. A 2006 graduate of the University of Kansas, Erin spent three years with the Star-Tribune of Casper, Wyo., before moving to Iowa in 2010. She turns 31 today.


Dave Gray is a creative an innovation consultant for a number of firms: He’s co-founder of Boardthing, founder and CEO of Limini and a board member of Rosenfeld Media. He’s based in St. Louis, Mo. A 1984 graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., Dave worked as a news artist at the New Bedford (Mass.) Standard-Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before leaving to create XPLANE — an information design consultancy –  full-time in 1996. His most recent book, Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers and Changemakers, was published in 2010. Find his book’s web site here and his personal web site here. Find his Twitter feed here. Dave turns 49 today.


Marie-Louise Rosseau is a former subeditor for Media24 in Cape Town, South Africa. She’s a graduate of nearby Stellenbosch University.


Rick McKee is an editorial cartoonist for the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle. A 1987 graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Rick spent a year-and-a-half as a staff artist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before moving to the Chronicle in 1990. Find his cartoon archive here and his Twitter feed here.


Brian Simms is deputy editor for print and digital presentation at the the Herald-Leader of Lexington, Ky. He’s a 1999 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. Brian turns 39 today.


Mike Zlotnicki is an associate editor for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. A 1984 graduate of USC Sumter and a 1987 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Mike spent 17 years with the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., serving as outdoors editor. Find his Twitter feed here. Mike turns 51 today.

Marie-Louise, Erin, Brian, Rick, Dave and Mike share a birthday with actors Kate Garry Hudson, James Edward Franco, Hayden Christensen, Ashley Tyler Ciminella (better known as Ashley Judd), Timothy James “Tim” Curry, Dudley Stuart John Moore, Vera Jayne Palmer (better known as Jayne Mansfield); Richard Stanford Cox (better known as Dick Sargent; musicians Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri, Jeffrey John “Jeff” Hanneman (of Slayer) and Richard Dorian “Dickie” Goodman; sports greats Maria Yuryuvna Sharapova (tennis), Troy Aumua Polamalu (football), Joseph Patrick “Joe” Mauer (baseball), Alfred Unser Jr. (Indy car driver), Jack Roush (NASCAR owner) and Darryl John Sutter (basketball coach); lawman Eliot Ness and CIA officer Valerie Elise Plame Wilson.

In addition, today is Bicycle Day, National Garlic Day and National Hanging Out Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a terrific birthday!

Birthdays for Saturday, April 18

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


Dave Gulliver is media relations coordinator for the New College of Florida in Sarasota. A 1988 graduate of Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., David earned a master’s in government from Syracuse University before entering journalism. He spent four years at the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News and then five years at the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., as a reporter and database analyst. He moved to the Herald-Tribune of Sarasota, Fla., in 2006 but left in 2009 to create a nonprofit news site. He did freelance work for a while and joined the New College in 2013.


David Holub is design editor of the Durango Herald in Colorado. A 1999 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, David spent two years as a sportswriter and copy editor for the Greeley (Colo.) Tribune and then a year as a sportswriter for the St. Joseph News Press in Missouri before becoming a designer at the Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times. After a brief stay at the Miami Herald, David moved to the Hartford (Conn.) Courant in 2006 as a sports designer. He left the Courant in 2010, earned a master’s degree in professional writing at Western Connecticut State University and taught rhetoric and writing at the University of Hartford through the holidays, when he moved west. For three-and-a-half years, he edited Kugelmass: A Journal of Literary Humor, which came out twice a year. Find his portfolio here. David turns 37 today.

David and Dave share a birthday with actors America Georgina Ferrera, Melissa Joan Catherine Hart, Jane Leeves, Eric James McCormack, Frederick Allan “Rick” Moranis, James Howard Woods, Eric Anthony Roberts, David John McDonald (better known as David Tennant), Maria Elena Bello, Hayley Catherine Rose Vixen Mills and Barbara Hale; actor-director Eli Raphael Roth; musician Leopold Anthony Stokowski; TV host Conan Christopher O’Brien; ventriloquist Jeff Dunham; TV personality Kourtney Mary Kardashian; sports greats José Miguel Cabrera Torres (baseball), Derrick Dewan Brooks (football) and Thomas “Tom” Sullivan (basketball coach); lawyer Clarence Seward Darrow and rock critic Robert Christgau.

In addition, today is National Autism Day, National Golf Day, World Amateur Radio Day, Auctioneers Day, Husband Appreciation Day, Adult Autism Day and Record Store Day. Seriously.

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

Birthdays for Friday, April 17

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


Jacqui Banaszynski is a professor of journalism at the University of Missouri. A 1974 graduate of Marquette University, Jacqui worked as a reporter for the Janesville (Wis.) Gazette, the Duluth (Minn.) News-Tribune, the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune before becoming projects editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 1984. She won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1988. In 1994, she became senior editor for enterprise at the Portland Oregonian and then spent eight years as an assistant managing editor for the Seattle Times. She moved to the University of Missouri in 2000, where she teaches writing, reporting and editing. Find her official bio here and her Twitter feed here.


David Farré is director of digital operations for, the web site for the Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot-News. A 1997 graduate of Rutgers, David spent eight years as online editor for the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune and teaching electronic photojournalism as an adjunct at the University of Missouri. He moved to the Free Press of Burlington, Vt. in 2009 as a digital developer, was promoted to director of digital content in 2010 and started work in Harrisburg two years ago yesterday. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. David turns 41 today.


Chris Grimm is lead features designer for the Journal Star of Peoria, Ill. A 1996 graduate of Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, Chris spent a year as a sportswriter for the La Salle News-Tribune and then three as a sports copy editor for the Bloomington Pantagraph before moving to Peoria in 2005. In addition, he teaches design and copy editing at Bradley University, there in Peoria. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Chris turns 42 today.


Jordan Overturf is digital coordinator for the Eagle of Bryan/College Station, Texas. A 2007 graduate of the University of Houston, Jordan served as a sports writer for the student paper there, the Daily Cougar, and also wrote for Avid Golfer and Golf Houston magazines. He joined the Temple (Texas) Daily Telegram in 2008 as lifestyles and entertainment editor and designer. He took time off for a mission trip to Zambia in 2012 and then moved to the Eagle in 2013. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.

David, Chris, Jordan and Jacqui share a birthday with actors Jennifer Anne Garner, Patricia Rooney Mara, Shaun Mark “Sean” Bean, Olivia Osuna (better known as Olivia Hussey), Lela Rochon Staples and William Franklin Beedle Jr. (better known as William Holden); musicians Elizabeth Clark “Liz” Phair, Jan Hammer, Michael Sembello and Donald “Don” Kirshner; singer-turned-model-turned-housewife Victoria Caroline Adams Beckham (better known, perhaps, as Posh of the Spice Girls); wrassler Roderick George Toombs (better known as Rowdy Roddy Piper); sports greats Norman Julius “Boomer” Esiason (football), Kevin Porter (basketball) and Marquis Deon Grissom (baseball); novelist Thornton Niven Wilder; zillionaire John Pierpont Morgan and TV journalist Harry Reasoner.

In addition, today is Ford Mustang Day, Nothing Like a Dame Day, Bat Appreciation Day, Blah! Blah! Blah! Day and the National Day of Silence. Seriously.

Best wishes, y’all! Have a wonderful birthday!

Inside the page-one editorial in Sunday’s Nashville Tennessean

The Tennessean of Nashville ran an editorial this past Sunday on page one.

Opinion engagement editor David Plazas tells us:

We have been editorializing about Insure Tennessee since Governor [Bill] Haslam made his announcement in December and have stayed consistent with our message for support, based upon its benefit for our working-poor individuals, job creation, our healthcare industry and rural communities, where hospitals have been starting to close.

Maria [De Varenne, news director] has really shown tremendous leadership in challenging our newsroom to make this effort a priority, and I agree with that focus.

It’s unusual that we would have an editorial on the front page. It’s only happened once before during my five months here – when we wrote an open letter to President Obama during his visit to Nashville in December. However, not even that editorial was designed as boldly as the one on Sunday.


That’s because the stakes are so high and most lawmakers have been so dismissive, in spite of the facts, in spite of concessions from the governor, and in spite of the need by low-income people who can’t afford health insurance.

In crafting this editorial, the approach we employed was to tap into that disdain by lawmakers, which was best exemplified by the a**hole comment that Senator Gardenhire made toward a critic of his “no” vote. I’m not a fan of using cuss words in articles, but this was an extraordinary situation because people felt helpless and we needed to rally the community.

Most important was including on the front page the headshots and contact information of key legislators. So far, I’ve received 125 emails and 42 phone calls – nearly all praising our approach and telling us that they have contacted or will contact their lawmakers.

Maria herself adds:

Bill Campling in our design studio created the page. I think you’ve written about him a few times before.

I have indeed.

Find the online version of the editorial here. Average daily circulation for the Tennessean is 118,589.

Here’s a quick romp through my collection of other page-one editorials…

Just a couple of weeks ago,  the Indianapolis Star devoted its entire front page to a call for rethinking that state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

On Dec. 5, 2008, the Detroit (Mich.) Free Press urged Congress to bail out the auto industry (below, left).


On May 2, 2010, the Arizona Republic of Phoenix demanded immigration reform (above, right).

On Nov. 8, 2011, the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., sounded off on the Penn State sex abuse scandal (below, left).


On April 22, 2012, the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal pleaded for a halt to high-school bullying.

Two years ago, the Daily Tar Heel — the independent student paper at the University of North Carolina — called for reform of how sexual assault cases were handled on campus.


And on Oct. 6, 2011, the Northern Star — the student paper at Northern Illinois University — ran a full-page, page-one apology for an editorial cartoon it had run in its previous edition.


Birthdays for Thursday, April 16

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


Richard Boyd is creative art director for the magazine division at the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal. A 1988 graduate of Guilford Technical Community College, Richard went to work right away for the Journal and has been there 26 years, serving as an artist and designer, creative services supervisor, graphics editor, design team leader and senior editor for design. He moved over to the magazine side in 2010 when the Journal’s corporate parent, MediaGeneral, moved to design hubs.


William P. Davis is director of research and innovation for the Bangor (Maine) Daily News. A 2011 graduate of the University of Maine in Orono, Will has worked as editor-in-chief of the university’s student newspaper, the Maine Campus, a copy editor for the Kennebec Journal and as an IT technician. He began work for the Daily News in 2010 as online editor and moved up this past year. He’s also written WordPress patches, plugins and his own URL shortener. Find Will’s personal web site here, his writing clips here, his page design portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.


Naresh Khinchi is creative head of Gujarat of the Dainik Bhaskar group in Ahmedabad, India. Find his web site here. Naresh turns 35 today.

William, Naresh and Richard share a birthday with actors Jonathan Niven “Jon” Cryer, Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence, Ellen Rona Barkin, Liliana Berry Davis Mumy, Peter Billingsley, William Richard “Billy” West, Terence Alan Seán “Spike” Milligan, Edith Elizabeth Enke (better known as Edie Adams), Peter Alexander Baron von Ustinow (better known as Peter Ustinov) and Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin; musicians Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (who normally went by only her first name), Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien (better known as Dusty Springfield), Stanley Robert “Bobby” Vinton Jr., Herbert Jay Soloman (better known as Herbie Mann) and Enrico Nicola “Henry” Mancini; sports greats Ferdinand Lewis “Lew” Alcindor Jr. (who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Luol Deng (both basketball), Catherine Leigh “Cat” Osterman (softball), Bruce Douglas Bochy (baseball manager), Richard “Night Train” Lane, Jonathan Polynice Vilma (both football) and William Stephen “Bill” Bellichick (football coach); Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger (better known as Pope Benedict XVI) and inventor Wilbur Wright.

In addition, today is National Stress Awareness Day, National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day, Save the Elephant Day, High Five Day, National Ask an Athiest Day, National D.A.R.E. Day and Get to Know Your Customers Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, folks! Have a terrific birthday!