Birthdays for Friday, July 31

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


Jane Burns is a features reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, Wis. A 1983 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Jane spent 17 years as a reporter for the Des Moines Register. She moved to a copy editing position at the Star Tribune of Minneapolis in 2000 and moved again in 2005 to the afternoon paper in Madison, the Capital Times. She served as a copy editor, assistant features editor. columnist and general assignment reporter before moving to the WSJ in 2009. Find her Twitter feed here.


Therese Lis Harpish is a photo technician and editorial designer for the Tribune-Review of Pittsburgh, Pa. Therese turns 35 today.


Lynn Hicks is opinion editor of the Des Moines Register in Iowa. A 1991 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Lynn joined the Register as a copy editor, moved to a reporting position in 1997 and then was promoted to assistant metro editor in 2000. A year later, he became editor of the Journal of Stevens Point, Wis. He returned to Des Moines in 2004 as executive business editor and slid over to his current position in December. Find his Twitter feed here. Lynn turns 47 today.


Stefanie Murray is executive editor of the Nashville Tennessean. A 2002 graduate of Central Michigan University, Stefanie earned a master’s degree from Northwestern in 2004. She spent five-and-a-half years at the Ann Arbor News and as a business reporter, biz team leader, community news director and real-time engagement officer. She moved to the Detroit Free Press in 2011 as director of digital audience development and, a year later, was promoted to assistant managing editor for digital media. She moved to Nashville in early 2014. Find Stefanie’s column archive here and her Twitter feed here.


John V. Smith is sports design editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer. A 2000 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, John spent a year as a page designer for the Sun-Herald of Biloxi, Miss., before becoming a sports designer for the Asbury Park Press of Neptune, N.J. in 2001. In 2005, John became assistant editor for sports at Newsday on Long Island but returned to Asbury Park in 2007, also as assistant sports editor. He left the APP in December 2008 and spent a year as a designer for Time Out New York. He earned an MBA at Villanova University in 2012 and, shortly afterward, joined Kistler Smith, a marketing and design consultancy based in Philadelphia. He moved to the Inky in 2013. Find his Twitter feed here. John turns 38 today.


Anne Tallent is senior editor for features at the Baltimore Sun. A 1998 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Anne worked as a copy editor for the student paper there, the Daily Oklahoman. She spent a year-and-a-half as a copy editor for the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., before being named assistant features editor. She moved to the Sun in 2005 and worked as a copy editor, deputy arts editor and arts and entertainment editor before moving over to b, the Sun’s free youth-oriented daily tab in 2008. She moved back to the mainsheet in 2012 into her current position. Find her Twitter feed here.

Stefanie, Anne, Therese, John, Lynn and Jane share a birthday with actors Wesley Trent Snipes, Dean George Tanaka (better known as Dean Cain), Michael Connell Biehn, Eric Lawrence Lively, Dennis Dirk Blocker, Benjamin Joseph Manaly “B.J.” Novak, Barry Wayne Van Dyke, France Nguyen Van Nga and Theodore Crawford “Ted” Cassidy; musicians William Thomas “Bill” Berry (of R.E.M.), James Steven Ignatius “Jim” Corr (of the Corrs), Robert Lawrence “Bob” Welch Jr., Roland Kent LaVoire (better known as Lobo) and Gary Harold Lee Levitch (better known as Gary Lewis); sports greats Evonne Fay Goolagong (tennis), DeMarcus Ware, Kevin Darwin Greene, Gustave Joseph “Gus” Frerotte (all three football), Randy Alan Flores (baseball), Henry Albert “Hank” Bauer (baseball manager), Mark Cuban (NBA team owner) and Curtis Edward “Curt” Gowdy (announcer); actor-turned politician Alan Autry; economist Milton Friedman; retailer Sebastian Sperling “S.S.” Kresge; novelist Joanne “J.K.” Rowling and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Irv Kupcinet.

In addition, today is World Ranger Day, National Talk Like an Elevator Day, System Administration Appreciation Day and Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day. Seriously.

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

Birthdays for Thursday, July 30

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three terrific folks…


Amy Kuenzie is a yoga teacher and an emergency protective custody coordinator for the Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Dept. A 1985 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Amy earned a master’s degree from Columbia College and spent years working as a parole examiner and victim’s advocate within the justice system. Her husband, Jack, is a reporter for Channel 10, WIS-TV in Columbia. Find her Twitter feed here.


Franz Tomasek is an official of the South African Revenue Service, involved with legislative policy and based in Pretoria. He’s also a longtime member of Science Fiction South Africa, the main squeeze of journalist Simone Puterman and a good friend and most gracious host, during my occasional visits to his country.


Vanessa Shortley is managing editor of the Daily Dispatch of Henderson, N.C. A 2007 graduate of East Carolina University, Vanessa spent time as a reporter for the Daily Southerner of Tarboro, N.C. and as a reporter and copy editor for the Free Press of Kinston, N.C. In 2008, she was named editor of the News of Orange County, a weekly in Hillsborough, N.C. She moved to Henderson in 2014. Find her Twitter feed here.

Vanessa, Franz and Amy share a birthday with actors Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, Hilary Ann Swank, Lisa Valerie Kudrow, Laurence John Fishburne III, Juan Moreno y Herrera Jiménez (better known as Jean Reno), Jaime Elizabeth Pressly, Vivica Anjanetta Fox, Delta Ramona Leah Burke, Edward Byrne Breitenberger (better known as Edd “Kookie” Byrnes) and Riccardo DiGuglielmo (better known as Dick Wilson, who played “Mr. Whipple” in 1970s-era TV commercials for Charmin toilet paper); musicians Catherine “Kate” Bush, Bradley William “Brad” Hargreaves (of Third Eye Blind), Timothy Seth Avett (of the Avett Brothers), Paul Albert Anka, David Sanborn and George “Buddy” Guy; TV host Michael Thomas “Tom” Green; celebrity chef Alton Crawford Brown; directors Christopher Jonathan James Nolan and Peter Bogdanovich; sports greats Francis Morgan Ayodélé “Daley” Thompson (decathlete), Hope Amelia Solo (soccer), Justin Peter Rose (golf), Lawrence Neil Bonnett (auto racing), Christopher Paul “Chris” Mullin (basketball), Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel (baseball manager) and Allan Huber “Bud” Selig (baseball commissioner); law professor Anita Faye Hill; H&R Bloch co-founder Henry W. Bloch; novelist Emily Jane Brontë, historian and biographer Giorgio Vasari and industrialist Henry Ford.

In addition, today is Friendship Day, Father-in-Law Day, the International Day of Friendship, National Support of Public Education Day, Paperbook Book Day, Cheesecake Day and National Chili Dog Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, you three! Have a wonderful birthday!

Birthdays for Wednesday, July 27

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


Amy Barnette Cunningham is a wire and copy editor for the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville, Ky. A 2011 graduate of the University of Memphis, Amy worked on the copy desk of the student paper there, the Daily Helmsman, and freelanced for the Commercial Appeal. After serving an internship at the Pioneer Press of Saint Paul, Minn., she joined the studio in late 2011. Find her web site here. Amy turns 30 today.


Rayanne Duchane is communications coordinator for the Nacogdoches (Texas) Independent School District. You might know her better by her previous name: Rayanne Schmid. A 1997 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, Rayanne spent four years as a reporter and then lifestyles editor of the Kerrville, Texas, Daily Times before becoming news editor of the Monitor in McAllen, Texas. Two-and-a-half years later, she moved back to Kerrville as managing editor. In 2010, she was named editor and publisher of the Daily Sentinel in Nacogdoches. She left the newspaper business in 2012. Rayanne turns 41 today.


AnnMarie Martin is communications director for the Huntsville Madison County (Ala.) Public Library. A 1984 graduate of Alabama’s University of Montevallo, AnnMarie spent nine years as an arts writer for the Huntsville Times. She went back to school in 1995 at the University of Alabama at Huntsville and became a copy editor, books columnist and editor of the books page in 1996. She left the Times in 2011.


Bill Marx is a sports copy editor with the McClatchy Publishing Center in Charlotte, N.C. A 1982 graduate of the University of Central Florida, Bill spent 16 years as a copy editor and then chief of the sports copy desk at the Orlando Sentinel. He moved to St. Louis in 1992 to work for the Sporting News but also worked part-time on the sports copy desk of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. When the Sporting News relocated to Charlotte in 2008, Bill moved with it. He spent six years as senior managing editor for NASCAR coverage and then nearly a year-and-a-half as assistant managing editor of the digital desk before the Sporting News laid him — and a lot of other terrific folks — off in 2013. He joined McClatchy in 2013. Find his Twitter feed here. Bill turns 56 today.


Carole Miller is a freelance writer and editor based in Raleigh, N.C. A 1974 graduate of the University of Oregon, Carole spent two years at Popular Mechanics magazine, six years at the North County News and two years at the Journal News of White Plains, N.Y., before moving to the News & Observer of Raleigh in 2000. She served as editor of the N&O‘s Q section, manager of the conversion to CCI, staff development editor and features editor. Carole left the N&O in May. Find her Twitter feed here.


Barry Reeves is a real estate broker with Keller Williams Realty in Charlotte, N.C. A 1992 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Barry spent a year as a reporter and copy editor for the Houston Post and another year as college editor for before joining the Sporting News in 1996. He, too, relocated to Charlotte when the Sporting News did in 2008. Barry served as senior editor of what eventually became, assistant managing editor for pro sports, managing editor of the web operation, editor-at-large, NFL editor, and college hoops and soccer editor. Like Bill, two paragraphs above, he was laid off in 2013. He started selling real estate that summer. Find his Twitter feed here. Barry turns 46 today.

Amy, AnnMarie, Rayanne, Barry, Carole and Bill share a birthday with actors Richard William “Wil” Wheaton III, David Warner, Allison Mack, Génesis Rodríguez Pérez, Joshua Michael “Josh” Radnor and Clara Gordon Bow; musicians Vivienne Patricia “Patti” Scialfa, Martina Mariea Schiff (better known as Martina McBride), Brian Joseph Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) and Gary Lee Weinrib (better known as Geddy Lee of Rush); choreographer Paul Taylor, poet Stanley Jasspon Kunitz, novelist Newton Booth Tarkington, comedian Irwin Corey, economist Daniel McFadden; sports greats Chad Ryan Billingsley (baseball), Dick Harmon (golf), Robert Blake Theodore “Ted” Lindsay (hockey); political wives Marilyn Tucker Quayle and Mary Elizabeth Alexander Hanford “Liddy” Dole; diplomat Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld; Italian dictator Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini; celebrity lawyer Melvin Mouron Belli, illustrator and comic book creator Dave Stevens, documentary maker Kenneth Lauren “Ken” Burns and TV newsman Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings.

In addition, today is Lasagna Day, National Chicken Wing Day and Rain Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a terrific birthday!

Another batch of “the Alphabet” front page art from the Sentinel & Enterprise

Last week, we took at look at the Sentinel & Enterprise of Fitchburg, Mass., and the paper’s month-long project during which they’ve turned Page One over to an artist and her team of interns.

They, in turn, recruited designers and typographers all over the world to create alphabet-themed artwork and stories for the paper’s front page.


The project started on Monday, July 13 with the letter A. The paper runs one front page a day — with the exception of Sunday — wrapping the Alphabet page around the paper’s standard front page. Which temporarily becomes page A3.


When we visited this project last week, the paper had just printed the I page at bottom right.


Here are the pages the Sentinel & Enterprise has run since then:


The letter: J
Designer: Joe Riedel
Specialty: Typographer and letterpress printer
Based: Northampton, Conn.


The paper reported:

“I wanted to pay tribute to the long history of the Fitchburg Sentinel and also to newspaper printing in general,” he said. “A couple generations ago, letterpress printing was a major trade, and it was far from the artisanal craft many consider it today. So I wanted to tie my project in to the newspaper and community.”


The letter: K
Designer: Francesca Bolognini
Specialty: Type designer and font developer
Based: London



The letter: L
Designer: Anna Schuleit Haber
Specialty: Type designer and font developer
Based: New Orleans


Schuleit Haber is the German-born artist who is overseeing the entire project this summer in Fitchburg. She chose the letter L for herself.


The letter: M
Designer: Franz Werner
Specialty: Typography and photography
Based: Providence, R.I.


Werner teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.


And today’s installment is an exercise in the use of negative space.


The letter: N
Designer: Frank Grießhammer
Specialty: Typeface designer
Based: California

Grießhammer helped develop Adobe’s Typekit font development tools.

Barring breaking news, the project should be complete by Aug. 11. Read more about it here. Read more about the contributing artists here.

Average daily circulation for the Sentinel & Enterprise is 15,031.

Birthdays for Tuesday, July 28

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six top-notch visual journalists…


Liza Albrecht is media manager for the Democratic Alliance political party of the Western Cape of South Africa. A 1993 graduate of Stellenbosch University near Cape Town, Liza spent time as an assistant editor at die Burger of Cape Town and then national editor of the newspaper’s supplement. She served several years as the editor of Rapport, the Afrikaans-language national Sunday paper of South Africa published by Media24 in Johannesburg. The 2010 winner of the national Women in Media award, Liza was appointed to a new post in 2011 in which she oversaw digital operations for all of Media24′s Afrikaans-language newspapers. Liza left Media24 in 2012. Find her Twitter feed here. Liza turns 41 today.


Michael Dupras is managing producer and graphics and staff development for for the Syracuse Media Group in Syracuse, N.Y. A 1994 graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Michael spent three years as a copy editor and graphics editor of the Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa., before moving to the Syracuse Post-Standard in 1997. He served as a staff artist and art director before moving to the online side in 2007 as web development editor. He earned a master’s degree from Syracuse in 2009 and picked up staff development duties in 2013. He was promoted to his current duties in January. Find his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here. Michael turns 43 today.


Scott Griffin is design editor of the Republican-American in Waterbury, Conn. A 1989 graduate of the University of Tennessee-Martin, Scott spent four-and-a-half years as a sportswriter, copy editor and designer for the Northwest Florida Daily-News in Fort Walton, Fla. before moving to Connecticut in 1994. Scott earned a master’s degree in journalism from Quinnipiac in 2001 and taught newswriting and editing as an adjunct there in 2002 and 2003. For about three years, Scott ran a fried chicken restaurant in the nearby college town of Hamden:


Find his news design portfolio here. Scott turns 49 today.


Ashley Kritzer is a reporter for the Tampa Bay Business Journal, specializing in real estate and retail. A 2006 graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ashley worked at the Progress of Clearfield, Pa. and the Lewistown (Pa.) Sentinel before joining the Altoona Mirror of Altoona, Pa., in 2007 as a features designer and copy editor. She moved to Florida in early 2010 to be near her sweetie, who she married in 2011. She spent four years with the Jacksonville Business Journal and moved to Tampa Bay last year. Find her Twitter feed here and her Instagram page here. Ashley turns 31 today.


Will Pfeifer is marketing coordinator for Data Dimensions of Janesville, Wis., and a comic book writer. A 1989 graduate of Kent State University, Will spent 18 years as a designer, editor and movie columnist for the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star. He left newspapers in 2012 and spent a year with the Rosecrance Health Network in Rockford. In addition, he self-publishes comic books. Buy a collection of his best work here. He’s done a bit of freelance writing for DC Comics, including Catwoman, Aquaman and Red Hood and the Outlaws. For the past year or so, he’s been the regular writer on the newly-relaunched Teen Titans comic.


Find his personal blog here. Will turns 48 today.


Emily Rosenbaum is managing editor for No Limit, a public relations agency in Chicago, Ill. A 1991 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Emily spent eight years as a copy editor with the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. She moved to the Dallas Morning News in 1999 but then moved to the Chicago Tribune in 2000. She spent four years on the copy desk, moved to the international desk and then was named music editor. She took a year off in 2009 to live and write from Tanzania. She returned to work with the night desk and with RedEye. In 2010, she became editor of thenational and international news desk of the Tribune media group. She left newspapers earlier this month. Find Emily’s Twitter feed here.

Emily, Ashley, Lisa, Michael, Will and Scott share a birthday with actors Elizabeth Berkley, Sally Ann Struthers, Philip Proctor, Lori Anne Loughlin and Joseph Evans Brown; musicians DeAndre Cortez Way (better known as Soulja Boy), Hubert Prior “Rudy” Vallée, Ayla Marie Brown and Richard William “Rick” Wright of Pink Floyd; sports greats Vida Rochelle Blue Jr. (baseball), Ryan Timothy Tannehill III (football), Paul Douglas “Doug” Collins and Emanuel David “Manu” Ginóbili (both basketball); basketball great-turned-politician William Warren “Bill” Bradley; Venezuelan leader Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías; first lady-turned-book editor Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis; author Helen Beatrix Potter and Garfield cartoonist James Robert “Jim” Davis.

In addition, today is Buffalo Soldiers Day, National Milk Chocolate Day and World Hepatitis Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, folks! Best wishes!