Things are a little crazy around the Apple household this week

It’s mostly because we’re packing up to move this weekend.

My wife — who lives in Atlanta these days, where she helps care for her folks — flew into town Saturday to help us prepare for the move from Santa Ana, Calif., to Victoria, Texas.

After days of packing, she and our daughter, Elizabeth, are nearly done.


While they’ve been working here, I’ve been in my last week building Focus pages for the Orange County Register.


Sharon and Elizabeth are making good progress. But then again, we have lots of recent experience doing this. Sigh.

One thing’s for sure: Our cat, Bones, is less than pleased with developments.


They’ll finish up packong here Thursday. Friday, we have a crew coming to load up a Penske truck. As soon as I can slink out the door at work, we’ll hit the freeway, bound for parts east.

We’ll stay in Indio, Calif., Friday night and El Paso Saturday night. We’ll be in Victoria late Sunday and move into our new place Monday.

I’ll start my new job as managing editor for visuals of the Victoria Advocate on Dec. 1.

I’ll try to keep you posted via social media. Look for the hashtag #trektotexas

Tampa Bay Times seeks a ‘top-notch creative, confident and collaborative page designer’

The amazing Suzette Moyer, art director of bay magazine at the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fla., writes to say:

Not sure you’re still posting jobs on your blog…

Yes, I sure am. I don’t get quite as many requests these days, however. If there are editors out there looking to fill positions, please send ‘em to me.

Oops, sorry. I cut Suzette off in mid-sentence. She was saying:

…but, if so, the Times has an opening for a designer. Here’s the listing:

The Tampa Bay Times, the largest-circulation paper in the Southeast, is looking for a top-notch creative, confident and collaborative page designer. We are looking for someone who can “do it all,” from 1A to Sports to Features to the web.

We’re a collaborative group of award-winning designers, photographers and editors, and the best candidates will be, too. Recent college graduates or designers with two or three years of experience are encouraged to apply. This is a great opportunity to think outside the box, pitch ideas and see them through in print and on the web. Expertise in InDesign and Photoshop necessary.​

Please send resumes and work samples (or links to them) to:

Paul Alexander, presentation editor
palexander [at]

I’ve been to St. Pete several times. It’s a gorgeous town, with, yes, lots of retired people. But it also has a great arts scene and world-class beaches close by.


Do you like baseball? The Tampa Bay Rays play in St. Pete’s domed Tropical Field. There’s a Indy Car league Grand Prix race every spring in downtown St. Pete. There is professional soccer and arena football there in St. Pete and NHL hockey and NFL football across the bay in Tampa.

And the Salvador Dali Museum is not to be missed. You wouldn’t believe how large some of his paintings were.


I probably don’t have to tell you the paper is historically one of the better ones around.


That was the wraparound cover to the paper’s acclaimed Last Voyage of the Bounty series last year. Read more about that here.


That was the front of the Times‘ series last summer on the country’s worst charities.


And that was from 2012, when the Times teamed up with Politico for the Republican National Convention.

Go here to find plenty more samples of work from the Times.

Richmond Times-Dispatch seeks a content-driven designer

Brandon Dingess of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch writes to share a page design job opportunity…


The Richmond Times-Dispatch is seeking a creative, versatile and energetic page designer who can create elegant and effective print presentations for news and feature sections. We’re looking for a designer with impeccable news judgment who will be actively involved in brainstorming ways to improve reader experience through judicious use of eye-catching, informative visuals – page design isn’t about decoration.

Under the stable ownership of Berkshire Hathaway, the Times-Dispatch is optimistic about our future and committed to community journalism. Richmond, Virginia’s capital and heart of a vibrant, historically rich region central with easy access to beaches, mountains, and the nation’s capital, boasts a thriving cultural scene and appears on numerous lists of top destinations/places to live.


  • Design compelling pages for the Times-Dispatch’s news and feature sections including Metro and Business.
  • Organize pages to reflect the news of the day
  • Consistently meet page-close deadlines, including keeping a steady flow of pages during the production cycle.
  • Collaborate with editors, photographers or artists on graphic needs for the paper.
  • Suggests and/or creates ideas for images, graphics, sidebars, breakout boxes, headlines and other visual items that engage the reader.
  • Provide clear and timely communication with copy editors, line editors, other colleagues and supervisors while under the pressure of deadline.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communications, English or related discipline.
  • Two years of newspaper experience required, less experience strongly considered if applicant has strong design skills; 3-5 years experience preferred
  • Able to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign and Photoshop (know how to do image cutouts).
  • Must be detail-oriented.

If you are an inquisitive editor, know how to use visuals as a window to content rather than window-dressing and are a team player, then we want to hear from you.

You guys know I spent a decade in Virginia Beach. I went to Richmond many, many times.


Richmond is a major business, government and financial center. It’s the home of a Federal Reserve Bank and a number of Fortune 500 companies, including CarMax. Virginia Commonwealth University is downtown. The place is famous for its restaurants, art museums and night scene.


If you like history, Richmond’s your place. Much of the Civil War was fought in and around this part of Virginia. One of my own ancestors died at the Battle of the Crater in nearby Petersburg. Much of the movie Lincoln was filmed there.

Richmond is about two-and-a-half to three hours from Washington D.C. and maybe a little less to beautiful Virginia Beach.

Here are a few samples of the paper’s front page:



Go here to apply.

Birthdays for Thursday, Nov. 20

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


For many years, Marshall Matlock has been the director of the Society for News Design’s annual creative competition. A graduate of Central Michigan University, Marshall taught at Syracuse University for 33 years, retiring in 2006. He’s still an emeritus professor there. Marshall turn 71 today.


Margo Morgan is a web developer for Wells Fargo in Des Moines, Iowa. A 2002 graduate of the University of Iowa, Margo spent two years as an artist for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun before joining the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star in 2005. She was promoted to graphics editor three years later. Margo moved to Des Moines two years ago. Find her portfolio here and her blog here.


Daniel Ramirez is a designer for the Arizona Daily Star of Tucson. He spent two years as a designer for Nogales International before joining the Daily Star as an IT tech in 2001. He moved into graphic design the next year.


James Stordahl is a retired writer, editor and photographer in Ankeny, Iowa. A 1974 graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, James served as a public affairs official for the U.S. Army National Guard and as a postmaster, a newsletter editor for the U.S. Postal Service. He served as speechwriter for the Postmaster General. He shoots photos at weddings and appears as an extra in movies. Find his movie casting site here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here.


Susan White is a Raleigh, N.C.-based writer and editor with the University of North Carolina’s school of social work. A graduate of Campbell University, Susan worked at a number of papers in North Carolina before joining the Virginian-Pilot in 2000. She left in 2008 to move back to North Carolina.

Margo, Daniel, Karenna, James, Susan and Marshall share a birthday with actors Mary Sean Young, Veronica Hamel, Mary Cathleen Collins (better known as Bo Derek), Estelle Margaret Parsons and Cody Martin Linley; musicians Joseph Fidler “Joe” Walsh, Howard Duane Allman, Joshua Otis Turner, Norman Greenbaum, Michael Diamond (of the Beastie Boys), Jim Brickman and Dierks Bentley; TV hosts Richard Remick “Dick” Smothers, Colin Lionel Emm (better known as Richard Dawson) and Alfred Alistar Cooke; radio host Steven Robert “Steve” Dahl; comedian Stewart Robert Einstein (better known as Super Dave Osborne); novelist Don DeLillo; astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble; sports greats Dominique Dawes (gymnastics), Robert James “Rick” Monday Jr. and David Jonathan “J.D.” Drew (both baseball); politicians Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden Jr., Cornelius Calvin Sale Jr. (better known as Robert Carlyle Byrd) and Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy and New York Times associate editor Raymond Walter “Johnny” Apple Jr. (no relation to yours truly).

In addition to the Great American Smokeout, today is Use Less Stuff Day, Name Your PC Day, National Peanut Butter Fudge Day, African Industrialization Day and Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day (or G.O.H.A.R.D.). Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a fabulous birthday today!

Birthdays for Wednesday, Nov. 19

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to Grey Blackwell, an Oxford, N.C.-based flash animator, cartoonist and graphic artist.


A 1992 graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Grey spent several years as an artist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before moving back to Raleigh and the News & Observer. He was named graphics editor of the N&O in the late 1990s and served in that position for about ten years. He also free-lanced illustrations to Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated and also did some work for Mad magazine.

He left the N&O in 2008. Find Grey’s web site here. Buy his Coach Tyranny videos here. Find his YouTube channel here. Grey turns 44 today.

Grey shares a birthday with actors Alicia Christian “Jodie” Foster, Margaret Mary Emily Hyra (better known as Meg Ryan), Allison Brooks Janney, Kathleen Denise Quinlan, Dan Haggerty, Robert Adame Beltran and Theresa Lee “Terry” Farrell; musicians William Matthew “Billy” Currington and Thomas Francis “Tommy” Dorsey Jr.; TV talk show hosts Lawrence Harvey “Larry” King and Richard Alva “Dick” Cavett; scriptwriter Sam Hamm; sports greats Roy Campanella, Ryan James Howard (both baseball), Dennis William Hull (hockey), Bobby Moore (who changed his name to Ahmad Rashād), Larry Alphonso Johnson Jr. and DeAngelo Eugene Hall (all three football), James Lawrence “Jim” Mora (football coach) and Kerri Allyson Strug (gymnastics); fashion designer Calvin Richard Klein; management consultant Peter Ferdinand Drucker; political leaders Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi, Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick, James Abram Garfield and Thomas Richard “Tom” Harkin; Twitter founder Jack Dorsey;  former Today show co-host Ann Curry, media magnate Robert Edward “Ted” Turner III and the McCaughey septuplets, each of whom turn 16 today.

In addition, today is Equal Opportunity Day, American Made Matters Day, International Men’s Day, Rocky and Bullwinkle Day, World Toilet Day, GIS Day and Have a Bad Day Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, Grey! Best wishes!