Birthdays for Tuesday, Aug. 19

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


Battinto Batts is assistant dean for academic affairs in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University in Hampton, Va. A 1990 graduate of Richmond’s Virginia Commonwealth University, Battinto worked as a reporter for the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, the Daily Press of Newport News and the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk. He spent a year at the St. Petersburg Times before returning to the Pilot as a business reporter, and then as a recruiting and training coordinator and educational services manager. He left the Pilot in 2008 and spent time in marketing, advertising and branding before creating his own niche internet company. Battinto earned a master’s degree from Norfolk State University in 2006, began teaching at Hampton in 2007 and earned his Ph.D. in 2011. He taught media entrepreneurship, media ethics, reporting and editing and served as chair for the school’s Annual Fund Committee. He spent three years as director of the University’s William R. Harvey Leadership Institute before moving into his current position in April. Find Battinto’s Twitter feed here.


Danny Dougherty is a digital news developer for McClatchy’s D.C. news bureau. A 2006 graduate of the University of Missouri, Danny interned at U.S. News & World Report before moving to in Washington, D.C., later that year. He moved to Bloomberg Government in 2010 as a graphics reporter. He moved again to McClatchy in 2013. Danny turns 30 today. Find his Twitter feed here.


Jan Morgenrood is creative editor for City Press, a national English-language Sunday paper published by Media24 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Previously, Jan spent several years as production editor for Rapport, Media24′s Afrikaans-language Sunday paper. Find his Twitter feed here. Jan turns 53 today.


Elizabeth Smith is a real estate agent in Columbus, Ga. A 1990 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Elizabeth interned with the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader and the News of Boca Raton, Fla., before catching on with the Daily Local News of West Chester, Pa., in 1991. After two years, she moved to the Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Ga., where she designed pages and created graphics. In 1996, she became assistant design editor of the News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., supervising five designers and serving as interim design director. She moved to the State of Columbia, S.C., in 1998 as a features designer and, after 15 years, went part-time last summer. She left newspapers for good in November, moved back to Columbus and started her new career in May. Find Elizabeth’s portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.

Elizabeth, Danny, Battinto and Jan share a birthday with actors Matthew Langford Perry, Kyra Minturn Sedgwick, Tammim Pamela Sursok, John Phillip Stamos, Adam Arkin, Peter Killian Gallagher, Diana Charlton Muldaur, Jill Arlyn Oppenheim (better known as Jill St. John) and Gerald Lee McRaney; musicians Lee Ann Womack, Ernest Clayton “Clay” Walker Jr., John Richard Deacon (of Queen), Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker (of Cream) and Percy Romeo Miller III (better known as Lil’ Romeo); reality TV personality Jason Silas “Jase” Robertson; actor-slash-politician Freddie Dalton “Fred” Thompson; actor-slash-director Jonathan Scott Frakes; producer Eugene Wesley “Gene” Roddenberry; poet Frederic Ogden Nash; author Francis “Frank” McCourt; sports greats William Lee “Bill” Shoemaker (jockey), Morten Andersen and Michael Anthony Muñoz (both football), James Jerry “J.J.” Hardy (baseball), Ronald Maurice “Ron” Darling Jr. (baseball pitcher-turned-announcer) and Kirk Herbstreit (announcer); magazine publisher Malcolm Stevenson Forbes; Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson “Tipper” Gore (wife of Al Gore); president William Jefferson Blythe III (better known as president Bill Clinton); inventors Orville Wright and Philo Taylor Farnsworth.

In addition, today is World Humanitarian Day, Aviation Day and Black Cow Root Beer Float Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, folks! Have a terrific birthday!

At look at the past week’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch front pages

It’s been a big week for our friends at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Assistant managing editor for presentation Carlos Ayulo took a few moments out of his day to answer a question for us:

Q. What can you tell me about the process each night? Is there anyone who deserves special notice in this strong run of front pages?

A. Simple. Big news equals loud and proud. And our presentation staff is no stranger to big news events thanks to the St. Louis Cardinals’ playoff runs the past 10 years.

All department met to discuss our coverage. Then we waited for events to unfold. Later in the week we had more focus stories including photo essays.

As you know, the original shooting happened Saturday afternoon. The Post-Dispatch pushed its Sunday centerpiece downpage and stripped the story about shooting and the reaction across the top.


Click that — or any page here today — for a much larger look.

Carlos continues:

It wouldn’t be right to acknowledge the presentation staff only because our entire newsroom is responsible for our powerful pages, updates and breaking stories.

Many team members deserve praise including our brave journalists at the epicenter.

Our assigning editors have been working around the clock to corral all content. And the presentation staff has managed to produce amazing work.

Designer Josh Renaud set the tone for our A1s with Monday’s double headline story.


The lead photo is by Robert Cohen and the secondary looting shot is by David Carson.

Carlos tells us:

Josh had conversations with newsroom editors and called me around 11:30 p.m. for suggestions but he nailed it on his own from the start. He sold the headline strategy which gave our readers tons of relevant information.

Wade Wilson, design director, is the main catalyst for our bold presentations since Tuesday’s edition.


His keen sense of news judgment and storytelling has made designing those A1s ‘a breeze.’ He’s probably cursing me out as he reads that last sentence.

The lead photo there was by Laurie Skrivan.

Wednesday’s front kept the visual focus on peaceful protests, with a picture by Chris Lee.


The focus of Thursday’s front moved back to a tear gas attack on protesters, featuring a truly awesome picture by David Carson.


On Friday, the paper stressed the backlash to he week’s events from various government officials and, finally, a night with no violence.


That picture is by J.B. Forbes.

Carlos continues:

Wade has worked extremely hard to design and organize several elements for our A1s. It’s a great example of Organized Chaos.

The design staff has helped design some inside Ferguson pages but most importantly, they keep our inside pages/sections looking sharp.

That sounds like a cue to show you a few inside pages from Friday.

Page A7 included a roundup of the day’s events, all keyed to a map of the area.


I’ve seen this done in wartime, but rarely in peacetime. It’s kind of amazing that this was necessary. But it was.

Page eight, bottom left, holds jumps and a long rail of backlash quotes.


Page nine, on the right, takes a photographic look at the riot gear and equipment being used by the police in Ferguson.

Page ten, below left, focuses on the highway patrol chief who was brought in to soften the police tactics.


Page 12, above right, makes the point that this sort of thing would hardly have been expected in this little suburb.

Here are Friday’s editorial pages, which also stuck to the talking points.


Carlos tells us:

Lynden Steele, director of photography, continues to work alternative hours to combs through hundreds of images since last Saturday night when the shooting occurred.

The photo staff, including David Carson, J.B. Forbes and Robert Cohen, have shown why each are top visual journalists in our region with their phenomenal photos which have been published all over the nation. Beyond print photos, they have provided glimpses of inside riots by sharing more photos through social media tools.

Wade Wilson also designed Saturday’s front, which depicted more violence. Note the headline.


The picture was by Robert Cohen.

Here’s Sunday’s front page, featuring another David Carson picture and designed by Josh Renaud.


Josh told us early Sunday this page was…

…sent at 1:05 a.m. as police were smoking/gassing the protesters defying curfew.

More violence broke out last night after police launched a new offensive against protesters breaking curfew. Today’s front page features a Robert Cohen picture of a woman having her eyes washed out with milk by strangers after a tear gas attack.


That page, too, was designed by Josh Renaud.

Carlos writes:

Ron Wade, night news editor, has been steering the production ship every night including working on his day off. He and the copy desk have been crafting excellent display type and churning tons of inches. Ron helps update our website,, after hours during this event.

Wade, Lynden and Ron have been in sync all week. Wade’s designs have captured the day’s news. Lynden’s editing has been outstanding. And Ron keeps everything balanced.

Our web producers Amanda St. Amand and Greg Jonsson plus a couple of line editors, reporters and Gary Hairlson, video editor, have been hustling with frequent updates to Seeing them update the site with breaking news and videos Friday morning was inspiring. And of course, Bob Rose, deputy managing editor/online, has been working around the clock.

Social media editor, Beth O’Malley has been all over social media and our site pushing our content and gathering information. She has contributed to our incredible traffic report since the shooting happened last Saturday night.

Go here to follow the Post-Dispatch‘s coverage of the shooting in Ferguson and its aftermath — the latest stories, extensive photo galleries and videos.

Average daily circulation for the Post-Dispatch is 187,992.

A few other times over the past few years when we’ve looked at pages from the Post-Dispatch

Birthdays for Monday, Aug. 18

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


Alex Bordens is assistant editor for news applications for the Chicago Tribune. A 2008 graduate of Ball State University, Alex served a summer fellowship that year at the Poynter Institute. After an internship at the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Alex joined the Trib in January 2009 as a graphics reporter. He moved into his current position in 2013. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Alex turns 30 today.


Dawn Byers is a neighborhood inspections supervisor for the City of Rock Hill, S.C. She spent ten years working for the Rock Hill Herald, first in the production department and then as a reporter. She started work for the city in 1997. Her husband, Barry Byers, was the Herald’s assistant sports editor. He passed away last fall.


Mike Donlan is graphics editor of the News-Press of Fort Myers, Fla. A 1990 graduate of Cal State-Chico, Mike earned a master’s degree in information design from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1998. He spent two years as graphics editor of the Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Calif., before moving to Fort Myers in 2001. Mike turns 47 today.


John Earle is a graphic artist and designer in Norfolk, Va. A native of Danville, Va., John spent four years in the Marines before attending the Parsons School of Design in New York. He spent time as an artist for the Danville Register & Bee and the Roanoke Times before joining the Virginian-Pilot. He had worked at the Pilot 19-and-a-half years when he was laid off in 2010. John turns 59 today.


Tim Kupsick is content manager for Oil City News of Casper, Wyo. Tim spent a year at the University of Oregon and then transferred to the University of Montana, where he earned a degree in photojournalism in 2007. After an extended internship at the Bakersfield Californian and the Bozeman, Mont., Daily Chronicle, Tim joined the Casper, Wyo., Star-Tribune in December 2007 but was laid off in 2013. He joined Oil City, a hyperlocal startup, in March. Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here.

Larraine Rowney is deputy group multimedia editor for the Herald and Times newspaper group of Glasgow, Scotland. She spent 13 years as graphics editor of the Herald.


Jerry Szumski is a copy editor and page designer who retired after many, many years at the Des Moines Register.


Wesley Watson is a designer and illustrator for the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va. A product of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., Wes spent four years as a designer for the Daily News of Washington, N.C. before moving to the Casper, Wyo., Star-Tribune in 2006. He spent five years as news editor before becoming the paper’s special projects coordinator. He moved to the Pilot in 2012. Find his portfolio here, his NewsPageDesigner portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Wes turns 35 today.


Malcolm McDowell Woods is a freelance journalist in Milwaukee, Wis., and an adjunct publication design instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A 1984 graduate of that same institution, Malcolm spent five years at Community Newspapers Inc. as an editor and then as managing editor. He co-founded and edited the Irish American Post in 1990. He often freelanced for Milwaukee magazine. He edits the print and web publications of the Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative and takes on freelance assignments. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.

Alex, Wesley, Mike, Larraine, Tim, Dawn, Malcolm, John and Jerry share a birthday with actors Charles Robert Redford Jr., Patrick Wayne Swayze, Christian Michael Leonard Slater, Edward Harrison Norton, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Shirley Scott (better known as Shelly Winters), Elayne Boosler, Denis Colin Leary, Martin Mull and David Andrew “Andy” Samberg; director Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański; sports greats Rafer Lewis Johnson (decathlete),  Elizabeth Lyon Beisel (swimmer), Jeremy Charles Shockey (football) and Roberto Clemente Walker (baseball); explorer Meriwether Lewis; Mexican leader Felipe Calderón; first lady Eleanor Rosalynn Smith Carter; prosecutor-turned-author Vincent Bugliosi; merchandising giant Marshall Field; comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis and ABC News’ Bob Woodruff.

In addition, today is Cupcake Day, Mail Order Catalog Day, Serendipity Day, Birth Control Pills Day and Bad Poetry Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Sunday, Aug. 17

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to seven brilliant visual journalists…


Margaret Baxter is an artist for the News & Record of Greensboro, N.C. She’s a graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla. Find her blog here and her Zazzle store here.


Patrick Garvin is an artist for the Boston Globe. A 2004 graduate of the University of Missouri, Patrick spent a year-and-a-half at the Myrtle Beach, S.C., Sun News before joining the Times-Union of Jacksonville, Fla., in 2006. He moved to Boston in 2010. In addition, Patrick does stand-up comedy on the side.


Find his blog here, his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Pat turns 33 today.


Joe Heller is an editorial cartoonist based in Green Bay, Wis. A 1979 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Joe spent six years at the Daily News of West Bend, Wis., before moving to the Green Bay Press-Gazette in 1985, where he did extraordinary work for 28 years… until Gannett laid him off last summer. He’s self-syndicated with more than 350 newspaper clients. Find Joe’s home page here. He turns 60 today.


Elizabeth Hoekenga is managing producer for audience innovation for Advance’s Alabama Media Group and based in Huntsville, Ala. A 2005 graduate of the University of Alabama, Elizabeth spent three-and-a-half years at the Times Daily of Florence, Ala., as a copy editor, online content producer and media desk manager. She moved to Huntsville in 2010 as a designer, was promoted to features editor in 2011 and then to community engagement specialist in 2012. Last year, she as promoted to web and mobile producer. She took on her current duties in March. Find her Twitter feed here. Elizabeth turns 31 today.


Ken Lyons is a senior photo editor for the Denver Post. A 1986 graduate of Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C., Ken was a shooter and picture editor for the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. He spent four years as director of photography of the Orlando Sentinel before moving to Denver in 2007. Ken also edits the Post’s Pictures of the Week blog. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Ken turns 49 today.


Christy Robe is a freelance graphic artist based in Athens, Ohio. A 2011 graduate of Ohio University, Christy spent her senior year working in the office of career services as a designer and PR coordinator. Find her Twitter feed here.


Chuck Small is a high school counselor in Raleigh, N.C. A 1985 graduate of the University of Indiana, Chuck spent a year as a copy editor for the Journal Gazette and the News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., before moving to the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune. In 1993, he joined the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., where he spent eight years as a news copy editor, five years as deputy news editor and two years as a features copy editor before leaving in 2008. He also taught classes as an adjunct at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He earned a master’s degree in counseling education from N.C. State in 2011 and started work as a counselor that fall. In addition, Chuck takes on freelance copy editing work from Reuters and serves as class notes editor for NC State magazine.

Elizabeth, Patrick, Margaret, Christy, Chuck, Joe and Ken share a birthday with actors Robert De Niro Jr., Sean Justin Penn, Donald Edward “Donnie” Wahlberg Jr., Mark Wayne Salling, Maureen FitzSimmons (better known as Maureen O’Hara) and Mary Jane “Mae” West; musician Belinda Jo Carlisle; TV hosts Kristin Nicole Adams and David Reed Bromstad; sports greats James Spencer “Jim” Courier Jr. (tennis), Nelson Piquet Souto Maior (auto racing), John Wesley “Boog” Powell, Dustin Luis Pedroia, Jorge Rafael Posada Villeta (all three baseball), Christian Donald Laettner (basketball), Edward Thomas McCaffrey, Isiah Robertson, Antwaan Randle El (all three football) and Jon Gruden (football coach); poet James Edward “Ted” Hughes; national leaders Jiang Zemin (China) and Frederick II “the Great” (Russia); frontiersman David “Davy” Crockett and Oracle founder Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Ellison.

In addition, today is National Thrift Shop Day, Black Cat Appreciation Day and the Meaning of “Is” Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, all! Best wishes!