Newport News, Va., Daily Press seeks ‘a strong visual journalist and wordsmith’

My friend Shana Gray — deputy night editor of the Daily Press of Newport News — writes to say:

The Daily Press has some copy desk openings.  was hoping you could do a blog post about it.

For you, Shana? Absolutely.

Here’s the job listing:

The Daily Press is looking for a strong visual journalist and wordsmith who can act as page designer, digital producer and copy editor for its combined print and digital night operation.

  • Can you design eye-catching print pages with an emphasis on strong, storytelling headlines?
  • Can you make content sing on desktops, tablets and mobile devices using digital content management systems?
  • Can you get content noticed using SEO tactics and strategies?
  • Are you a social media whiz who understands the different platforms, their audiences and how to speak to them?
  • Do you have strong skills in Photoshop and/or Illustrator and the creative know-how to produce striking illustrations?
  • Do you enjoy the challenge each day of working with a blank page and creating something different?

If so, we’re eager to speak with you.

The Daily Press is a darned good paper. They have you-know-who in their backyard — just across the Chesapeake Bay — so they know they have to be at the top of their game visually.

And they are. Just a few samples from my collection:





In addition, the Daily Press redesigned four months ago. Read all about it here.

Back to Shana’s ad:

The Daily Press Media Group is located in Newport News, Va., on the Virginia peninsula. We are surrounded by the York River, the James River and the Chesapeake Bay.


Among the communities we cover: Hampton, Gloucester, Mathews, Williamsburg and Smithfield. We are the home to Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. If you’re a history buff, you’ll never be at a loss for places to see.

If you like great seafood, beaches and still want to watch the leaves change in the fall, this is the place for you. In addition, we are the home to many colleges and universities including Hampton University, Christopher Newport University and the College of William and Mary. We offer a great place to live as well as a great place to work.

Shana might also add that the Daily Press moved into a brand-new location this very week in downtown Newport News. A few excerpts from a gallery the paper posted Monday:




Find the Daily Press web site here and the city’s official web site here.

Shana writes:

Please email your resume, design clips and digital experience to Shana Gray at

sgray [at]

Gannett’s Des Moines design studio hires one and seeks to hire two more

Sean McKeown-Young, creative director of the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa, announces:

We have a new designer starting here in early January: Piper Haugan.

She is really cool. I’m excited to work with her.


A 2011 graduate of the University of Montana, Piper grew up in Valdez, Alaska. She worked as a local government reporter for the Independent Record of Helena before joining the Montana Standard of Butte.

Find Piper’s Twitter feed here.

Sean tells us:

We’re also hiring – which makes me a happy man.

I just posted our positions on the SND Job Board, but I can talk directly to anyone interested.

We’re looking for page designers and finishers. We’re looking for creative, clever, smart, engaging people that get as excited about great journalism and design as I do, and you know what a spaz I am.

Read more about Sean and his work here and here.

Birthdays for Thursday, Dec. 18

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


Bill Baker is the owner of Bakedmedia, Inc., a 3D animation and multimedia studio based in Owings, Md. A 1977 graduate of the Pensacola School of Liberal Arts, Bill spent a couple of years as a jet mechanic in the U.S. Marines before joining the News Star World of Monroe, La. He worked for the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, the Detroit News and then USA Today before moving to Knight-Ridder Tribune graphics in 1988. He eventually became animation director for KRT’s News-In-Motion unit, producing graphics for TV news. He founded Bakedmedia in 2002. Find his Twitter feed here. Bill turns 55 today.


Suzanne Behnke is a grad student at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a legislative clerk. A graduate of Wartburg College, Suzanne spent three years as a reporter and copy editor for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier before moving to the Des Moines Register in 2000. There, she coordinated special sections and managed the copy desk. Suzanne left the Register in 2009.


Don Morris is assistant art director for the Tampa Bay Times of St. Petersburg, Fla. A 1986 graduate of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., Don joined the Times in 1988 and has worked there ever since, as a reporter, illustrator and art manager. In addition, he’s freelanced for such clients as Red Bull, Turner Broadcasting, Coca-Cola, Chick-Fil-A, Smithsonian magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Find samples of his work via his agent.


Neal Pattison is executive editor of the Everett, Wash., Daily Herald, in the northern suburbs of Seattle. A 1974 graduate of Ohio University, Neal spent four years as assistant city editor of the Arizona Republic and the Phoenix Gazette before moving to the Spokesman Review as assistant managing editor. He spent ten years in Spokane before becoming managing editor of the Albuquerque Tribune in 1992 and then assistant managing editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1996. He served as president of the Society for News Design in 1997, spent two years as a journalist in residence at American University in D.C. and then moved to Everett in 2007. Find Neal’s Twitter feed here.


Diego Sorbara is a copy editor on the foreign copy desk of the New York Times. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Diego spent a year-and-a-half on the copy desk of the Rocky Mountain News before moving to the Times in 2008. Find his Twitter feed here.


Francie Williamson is regional news editor for the Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri, Francie spent two years as a designer for the Sun News of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and then two more years as a copy editor at the Press Herald in Portland, Maine. She moved to the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News in 2004 and then to the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa in 2007, where she was page one editor. She moved up the road to Cedar Rapids nearly three years ago as copy desk chief and took on her current duties in May. Find her Twitter feed here. Francie turns 35 today.

Diego, Francie, Suzanne, Don, Bill and Neal share a birthday with actors William Bradley “Brad” Pitt, Kate Noelle “Katie” Holmes, Raiford Chatman “Ossie” Davis, Raymond Allen “Ray” Liotta and Elizabeth Ruth “Betty” Grable; musicians Keith Richards, Shawn Randolph “Randy” Houser and Christina Maria Aguilera; wrassler Steve James Anderson (better known as Stone Cold Steve Austin); sports greats Don Lee Beebe (football), Charles Oakley (basketball) and Tyrus Raymond “Ty” Cobb (baseball); former Mythbusters co-host Kari Elizabeth Byron; painter Paul Klee; South African activist Stephen Biko; Russian leader Ioseb Besarionis dze Dzhugashvili (better known as Joseph Stalin); Austrian leader Franz Ferdinand; movie critic Leonard Maltin and director Steven Allan Spielberg.

In addition, today is Arabic Language Day, International Migrants Day, National Re-Gifting Day, Free Shipping Day and Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have an excellent birthday today!

Birthdays for Wednesday, Dec. 17

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


Alejandro Banuet is chief creative officer for Publish88 in Monterrey, Mexico. A 1989 graduate of the University of Monterrey, Alejandro spent four years as a designer for el Norte in Monterrey and then three more years as design editor of Reforma in Mexico City. In 1999, he became design manager at el Sol, an afternoon tabloid in Monterrey and stayed there for nearly 12 years. He left newspapers in 2011. He also teaches infographics at his alma mater. Find Publish88′s web site here. Find Alejandro’s Twitter feed here.


John Grippe is a news page designer for the New York Times. A 2002 graduate of Gannon University, John spent nine years with the Times-News of Erie, Pa., before moving to the Times in 2012. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.


Amber Guffey is copy desk chief for the Globe-News of Amarillo, Texas. A 2006 graduate of the University of Central Florida, Amber spent two years as calendar editor for Orlando Weekly before joining the News Messenger of Marshall, Texas, as night editor in 2008. She moved to Amarillo in 2010 as a copy editor and page designer and was promoted to assistant copy desk chief in 2011. She was promoted to chief last year. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here. Amber turns 31 today.


Adam Rogers is senior production editor for the Daily Sun of the Villages, Fla. A 2010 graduate of Youngstown State University in Ohio — where he worked on the student newspaper and radio station — Adam has worked at the Daily Sun for more than four years. Find his portfolio here. Adam turns 28 today.


Doug Strahler is an instructor at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. A 2005 graduate of that same institution, Doug earned a master’s degree from Syracuse in 2006. He’s also taught classes at Syracuse and at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. He spent a year with VLN Partners of Pittsburgh, which sets up online lessons for school districts and then signed on with Slippery Rock in 2010. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Doug turns 32 today.

Adam, Amber, Doug, John and Alejandro share a birthday with actors William James “Bill” Pullman, Milica Jovović (better known as Milla Jovovich), Sean Patrick Thomas, Ernest Lee “Ernie” Hudson, Eugene Levy, George Lindsey and Dave Madden; musicians Arthur Fiedler, Ryan Key (of Yellowcard), Neil Christopher Sanderson (of Three Days Grace) and Michael Edward Mills (of R.E.M.); sports greats Chase Cameron Utley (baseball), Bradley Ernest “Brad” Davis (basketball), Paula Jane Radcliffe (marathon runner), Emmanual Dapidran “Manny” Pacquiao (boxer-turned-politician ); religious leader Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now known as Pope Francis); novelist Erskine Preston Caldwell; TV chef Jeffrey Adam “Duff” Goldman; magazine publisher Robert Charles Joseph Edward Sabatini (better known as Bob Guccione); accused WikiLeaks leaker Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley E. Manning); wrongfully accused Atlanta Olympic park security guard Richard A. Jewell; TV newsman Christopher John “Chris” Matthews and NYT columnist William Lewis Safire.

In addition, today is Wright Brothers Day. Seriously.

Have an wonderful birthday today, folks! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Tuesday, Dec. 16

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


Nate Bloomquist is the front-page designer for the Quad-City Times of Davenport, Iowa. A 2003 graduate of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., Nate spent a year with the Press-Gazette of Green Bay before joining the Northwest Herald of Crystal Lake, Ill., in 2005. He moved to the QCT in 2006. He also covers auto racing. Find Nate’s blog here and his Twitter feed here.


Réhann Coetzee is editor of @myFiets, a new digital Afrikaans-language biking magazine. A freelance journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa , Réhann  is also national director of AMiD — the Association of Motorcycle Importers and Distributors — and director of the Think Bike Safety awareness campaign. His wife, Tarina Coetzee, is a subeditor for the Citizen newspaper, also in Johannesburg. Find his Twitter feed here.


Jody Collins is night editor for the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. A 1998 graduate of Whittier College, Jody worked as a reporter or editor for the Napa Valley Register and the Long Beach Press-Telegram before moving to a page one deisgn position for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group in 2009. She was named assistant editor of the Long Beach Register when that paper was launched in 2013 and moved to the OC Register this past June.


Matthew Vann is a designer for the EO Media Group in Salem, Oregon. A 2008 graduate of New Mexico State University, Matthew also spent time at the American News of Aberdeen, S.D., the Sun-News of Las Cruces, N.M., and the Round Up, also of Las Cruces. He joined the Times-News of Twin Falls, Idaho, in 2010 as a copy editor and designer. He was promoted to copy desk chief in July 2013 but left for Oregon a month later. Find his portfolio here. Matt turns 32 today.

Réhann, Matthew, Nate and Jody share a birthday with actors Hallee Leah Hirsh, Benjamin Bratt, Harry Bernard “Ben” Cross, Krysten Alyce Ritter, Anna Katherine Popplewell and Liv Johanne Ullmann; musicians Tramar Dillard (better known as rapper Flo Rida), William Frederick “Billy” Gibbons of ZZ Top, Göran Bror “Benny” Andersson of Abba and Ludwig van Beethoven; sports greats William “the Refrigerator” Perry (football), William Oliver “Billy” Ripken (baseball), Trevor John Immelman (golf), John Berry “Jack” Hobbs (cricket) and Benjamin “Frank” Deford III (sportswriter); TV producer Steven Ronald Bochco; anthropologist Margaret Mead; TV journalist Lesley Rene Stahl and authors Noël Pierce Coward, Jane Austen, Philip Kindred Dick and Arthur Charles Clarke.

In addition, today is Zionism Day, National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day and Barbie and Barnie Backlash Day. Seriously.

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