Birthdays for Sunday, Oct. 19

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


Michael Beniash is sports editor of the Caledonian-Record of St. Johnsbury, Vt. A 2004 graduate of the University of New Mexico, Michael also served as a correspondent for Sports Illustrated On Campus before becoming an agate editor for the Albuquerque Journal. After a year-and-a-half, he was promoted to copy editor and reporter. He moved to the Courier of Littleton, N.H. as sports editor in 2008 and then to his current position in 2009. He also shoots pictures and designs pages. Find his Twitter feed here and his photostream here.


Bob Britten is a journalism professor at West Virginia University. A 2000 graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., Bob worked as a reporter, graphics reporter, designer, art director and graphics editor at various publications: the Greenville Record-Argus, the Meadville Tribune, the Columbia Missourian and the Seattle Times. He earned a master’s degree and then a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 2004 and 2008, respectively. He joined the faculty at WVA in 2008. Find his Comics and Beer blog here, his class blog here and his Twitter feed here. Bob turns 36 today.


Amy Hughes is a page designer for the Times of Northwest Indiana in Munster. A graduate of Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Ind., Amy spent four years as an instructor and newspaper editor at her alma mater. In 2011, she moved to the Times. Amy turns 27 today.


Kathleen Rudell is a magazine designer for Gannett Custom Media in McLean, Va. A 2009 graduate of Ohio University, Kat worked as a designer for the Kennedy Museum of Art and served a Pulliam Fellowship at the Arizona Republic of Phoenix before joining full-time in 2010. She moved to Gannett Custom Media in 2012. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here.


Christopher Smith is photo editor of the Tulsa World in Oklahoma. A 1996 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, Chris has worked at the Times of Northwest Indiana, the Gary, Ind., Post-Tribune and the Chicago Tribune. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Chris turns 40 today.

Amy, Kathleen, Bob, Michael and Christopher share a birthday with actors John Arthur Lithgow, John Robert Rietz Jr. (better known as Robert Reed), Harris Glenn Milstead (better known as Divine), Jonathan Kolia “Jon” Favreau, Michael John Gambon, Gillian McLaren Jacobs, Desmond Harrington and Christopher Lee “Chris” Kattan; country musician Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson (better known as Jeannie C. Riley); TV handyman Tygert Bruton “Ty” Pennington; sports greats Evander Holyfield (boxing), Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown, José Antonio Bautista, Michael Brian Young (all three baseball) and Clifford Lynn Dickey (football); ESPN sportscaster Bradley Lee Daugherty; pop artist Peter Max Finkelstein; novelist David John Moore Cornwell (better known as John le Carré); animated cartoon producers Louis Scheimer and Randolph Severn “Trey” Parker III; politician Michael Stephen Steele, columnist Jack Northman Anderson and presidential daughter Amy Lynn Carter.

In addition, today is Evaluate Your Life Day, National Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day and World Toy Camera Day. Seriously.

Have a truly great birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Saturday, Oct. 18

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


Teresa Kriegsman is director of digital strategy and design at S&A Cherokee, a communications firm based in Raleigh, N.C. A 1988 graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, TK went to work right away as a copy editor and designer for the News & Observer of Raleigh. She was promoted to lead sports designer in 1995, to assistant director of news design in 1998 and then to design editor in 2003. After 23 years of award-winning work and leadership, the News & Observer laid her off in 2011, along with her entire staff. She taught a class at UNC as an adjunct and earned a master’s in technology and communication earlier this year. She joined S&A Cherokee in 2012 and was promoted to her current position last year. Her husband, Roger Friedensen, is a noted PR expert.


Jonathan Winters is an independent filmmaker based in Scottsdale, Ariz. A 2005 graduate of the Collins College school of video game design and technology, Jonathan has worked as a staff and free-lance writer, marketing assistant, photographer, designer, art director, filmmaker and consultant. In 2011, he earned a degree from Arizona State University, where he also art-directed the student magazine there, the State Press.

Jonathan and TK share a birthday with actors George Campbell Scott, Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg (better known as Jean-Claude Van Damme), Peter Lawrence Boyle Jr., Erin Marie Moran, Pam Dawber, Dawn Elberta Wells, Freida Pinto, Tyler Garcia Posey and Zachary David Alexander Efron; musicians Esperanza Spalding, Shaffer Chimere Smith (better known as Ne-Yo), Tyrone  Learson “Wynton” Marsalis and Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry; TV producer Charles Michael Levine (better known as Chuck Lorre); sports greats Lindsey Caroline Kildow Vonn (skiing), Martina Navratilova (tennis), Brittney Yevette Griner (basketball), Willie Wattison Horton (baseball), Alvis Forrest Gregg, Michael Keller “Mike” Ditka, Jr. (both football), Frank Beamer (football coach) and Keith Jackson (announcer); sports radio host Christopher Michael “Chris” Russo; Turner Sports reporter Rachel Nichols; physicist Ernst Pascual Jordan; lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald, political daughter Bristol Sheeran Marie Palin and politicians Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau and Jesse Alexander Helms Jr.

In addition, today is Sweetest Day, Bridge Day, World Menopause Day, National Chocolate Cupcake Day and Hard Boiled Guy/Girl Day. Seriously.

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

A paper with a mouthful of a name redesigns… and shortens that name

The Intelligencer Journal and Lancaster New Era of Lancaster, Pa. — circulation 78,819 — launched a redesign Thursday.

This was one of the more extensive print renovations I’ve seen lately: A big part of the change included a new name for the newspaper.

While I’d normally advise against changing the name of a 220-year-old newspaper, I think I like this change a lot. Can you imagine answering the phone and saying:

Good morning… Intelligencer Journal and Lancaster New Era… (gasp for breath)… How may I direct your call?

The new name has only three letters in it. On the left is a front page from last week. On the right is Thursday’s debut front page.


LNP President John Kirkpatrick — his friends call him Kirkwrites in a column on Thursday’s front page that…

…the name change “reflect(s) our full integration as a complete, multiplatform media company.

With the LNP name and “Always Lancaster” tagline, your new newspaper embraces who we are and who we serve — Lancaster County. Our company is now LNP Media Group, Inc., which includes LancasterOnline, the home of our quickly expanding digital offerings and a forum for community engagement.

As Kirk writes, the paper’s owners — the Steinman family — bought the paper soon after the Civil War. So that’s a lot of history they were potentially tossing away with the name change.

Visual editor Patrick Kirchner tells us…

The (new) logo was created by JPL Creative out of Harrisburg; they handled the branding and marketing efforts of the redesign.


A  spadea that wrapped around Thursday’s paper explained the new logo:


Q. What does the green part of the N represent?

A. It turns out it means different things to different people. Some folks see a blade of grass. Others see the green-covered fields around the county. Still others think of it as corn stalks or as the farmland of Lancaster County. But regardless of what individuals associate with the green swoosh, they almost all feel it represents our county.

UPDATE – 10 a.m. PDT

Because it’s come up already on my social media feeds, here’s a little more from the paper about the “LNP” non-acronym…

Q. Why did you change the name of my paper?

A. When the evening and morning papers were consolidated in 2009 the names of the three newspapers — Intelligencer Journal, Lancaster New Era and Sunday News — were retained. As a result, members of the community simplified our name by calling us Lancaster Newspapers. So we decided to take their lead.

Q. Why LNP? And why was the tagline Always Lancaster chosen?

A. We talked with the community. We spent 15 months asking questions and conducting research with people in the community. LNP resonated fully with residents in all age groups. We also knew we needed a unique and contemporary nameplate. We chose “Always Lancaster” as a tagline based on our deep and historic connection to Lancaster County and the people who live here.

So enough about the logo — let’s move on to the rest of the paper. Here is today’s Day Two front page:


Very clean. The use of white space is particularly nice. And I’m amazed by the ear at the upper right of the page. The best word I can think of to describe it is understated.

Patrick tells us:

We’ve introduced a new 12-column grid, more white space, and typefaces with high utility/readability, all with the goal of better organization and a more approachable feel.

The  spadea also addressed the new typography:

Q. Did you change the text typeface throughout the refreshed paper?

A. Yes. Our readers have told us they want a type that is easier to read. The new typeface is actually larger with a little more space between each line of type. We have experimented with the new typeface on a variety of stories over the last couple of months and have received great feedback.

The new body copy type is Chronicle Text.


The new headline font is Sentinel (the slab serif that works, Hoefler & Co. says).


The secondary display or accent font is Gotham Narrow.


The other thing to note, typographically: The new LNP uses lots and lots of italics.

In the old format, the B section was local and biz. Patrick explains:

Structurally, the new design features a three-section paper Monday-Saturday, with a B section that rotates through a different theme each day.


Those themes are as follows…

Monday: Trending (everything from hard-hitting health and education trends to fun pop culture items)
Tuesday: Business
Wednesday: Food
Thursday: Home & Garden
Friday: Together (stories of family and community issues)
And Saturday: Faith & Values


Sunday’s edition will be a larger, 8-section paper with more comprehensive coverage.

I really love that Trending section prototype — or, at least, the part that I can see here. Very nice.

The third daily section is sports. Here’s a before-and-after look at the sports front.


Patrick continues:

On the A2 page every day, we’re featuring a section called Speed Read, which designed for quick, informative reading.


It features a quick-hit summary of news stories (and some fun, quirky blurbs) in digestible bites.

Lending a consulting hand with the project was my old friend Paul Wallen. I’ve barely heard a peep from him since he moved to ESPN the Magazine, eight months ago.

Patrick tells us Paul…

…was instrumental and fantastic to work with. Our design aesthetics are very similar, and we both share the belief that design – especially in a newsroom setting — needs to maintain equal parts utility and elegance. We had a great working relationship throughout this process; we couldn’t have selected a more talented and flexible designer for the project.

Paul adds:

Not only am I from that area of Pennsylvania, I was born at the Lancaster General Hospital just a few blocks down from the newspaper building. It was a real treat to be involved in a newspaper redesign for my native city!

Here’s the spadea explaining the features of the redesign. Click this — or any of the images above — for a larger look.


Find Kirk’s Thursday column, plus most of the text of the Q&A from the spadea — along with comments from readers — here.

Birthdays for Friday, Oct. 17

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


Barbara Clements is content director for Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle, Wash. A 1983 graduate of Seattle Pacific University, Barbara spent six years as a reporter and then an editor for the King County Journal. In 1992, she moved to the News Tribune of Tacoma as business reporter and editor. She left newspapers in 2006 to work as communications director for Partnership for Learning. She also did a bit of freelancing. She moved to PLU in 2007 and earned a master’s degree there. Find her parenting blog here and her Twitter feed here.


Ryan Healy is a watchmaker for Rolex USA in Lititz, Pa. A 1997 graduate of Penn State University-Williamsport, Ryan designed pages for the Tribune of San Luis Obispo, Calif. and the Hartford Courant before joining the Virginian-Pilot in 2005. He left the Pilot in 2009 to return to Pennsylvania to study watchmaking at the Lititz Watch Technicum — a two-year school started by Rolex to address the shortage of skilled watchmakers in the U.S. He earned his certificate in 2011 and started full-time with Rolex afterwards. Ryan turns 38 today.


Gary West is managing editor of the publication center for the EO Media Group in Salem, Oregon. A 1989 graduate of Oregon State University, Gary spent a year as a photographer for the Herald and News of Klamath Falls, a year-and-a-half as a reporter and photographer for the East Oregonian of Pendleton and then another year as editor of the Hermiston Herald. In 1993, he moved to the Coos Bay World as city editor. In 1995, Gary was named managing editor of the Daily Press of Victorville, Calif. He then spent five-and-a-half years as assistant managing editor of the Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Calif., before moving to Salem in 2005 as associate editor of the Capitol Press. He assumed his current duties last year. Find his Twitter feed here.

Gary, Ryan, Barbara share a birthday with actors Margaret Ruth “Margot” Kidder, Alimi Ballard, Maximilian Paul Diarmuid “Max” Irons, Jacob Artist, Howard Ellsworth Rollins Jr., Norman Gene “Norm” MacDonald, Michael John McKean, George Robert Wendt, Thomas Gordon “Tom” Poston, Edward Montgomery Clift, Jessie Irene Noblitt (better known as Irene Ryan) and Margarita Carmen Cansino (better known as Rita Hayworth); musicians Alan Eugene Jackson, Nel Ust Wyclef Jean, Gary Puckett and Marshall Bruce Mathers III (better known as Eminem); sports greats Theodore Ernest “Ernie” Els (golf), Donald David Coryell (football coach), Carlos Eduardo González (baseball), Daniel John Willard “Danny” Ferry (basketball) and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. (NFL owner); radio host Ronald Lowenstein (better known as Ronn Owens); cardiologist Robert Coleman Atkins; playwright Arthur Asher Miller; daredevil Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel; astronauts William Alison “Bill” Anders and Mae Carol Jemison; Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill creator Michael Craig Judge; Superman co-creator Jerome “Jerry” Siegel and columnists Jimmy Breslin and Richard E. Roeper.

In addition, today is World Student Day, National Pasta Day, Mulligan Day, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Black Poetry Day, Alternative Fuel Day, Mammography Day and Wear Something Gaudy Day. Seriously.

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

Birthdays for Thursday, Oct. 16

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


Gail Baker is a copy editor on the community desk of the Arizona Republic in Phoenix. A graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Gail has been at the Republic for 31 years.


Karmien Kruth is a freelance art director and designer based in Cape Town, South Africa. She spent four years as head of the creative (advertising) department at die Burger, the Afrikaans-language daily in Cape Town. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here. Karmien turns 40 today.


Benjamin Situma is a designer for the Nation newspaper group of Nariobi, Kenya. Find his Twitter feed here.

Benjamin, Gail and Karmien share a birthday with actors Caterina Reminy Scorsone, Angela Brigid Lansbury, Timothy Francis “Tim” Robbins, Suzanne Marie Mahoney (better known as Suzanne Somers), Kellie Noelle Martin and Alicia “Alice” Pearce; musicians John Clayton Mayer, Michael Peter Balzary (better known as Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers), Robert Hall “Bob” Weir (of the Grateful Dead) and Wendy Wilson (of Wilson Phillips, sister of Carnie Wilson and daughter of Beach Boy Brian Wilson); TV host Davina Lucy Pascale McCall; filmmaker David S. Zucker; sports greats Manute Bol (basketball), David Albert “Dave” DeBusschere (basketball coach), Leon Allen “Goose” Goslin, Bryce Aron Max Harper, (both baseball), Leo David Mazzone (baseball coach) and James Timothy “Tim” McCarver (baseball player-turned-announcer); Supreme Court justice William Orville Douglas; Watergate co-conspirist Charles “Chuck” Wendell Colson; playwrights Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde and Eugene Gladstone O’Neill and dictionary author and publisher Noah Webster Jr.

In addition, today is World Food Day, National Boss’s Day, Conflict Resolution Day, Spirit Day, Department Store Day, Dictionary Day, Get to Know Your Customers Day, Get Smart About Credit Day and National Feral Cat Day. Seriously.

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