Birthdays for Thursday, Oct. 2

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

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Brian Cetina is a copy editor and page designer for McClatchy’s production hub in Charlotte, N.C. A 2010 Graduate of Youngstown State University, Brian spent time with the Lima (Ohio) News and the Media General design hub in Hickory, N.C. before settling down in the Charlotte hub in 2011. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Brian turns 29 today.

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Rich Joseph Facun is a freelance photojournalist based in Virginia. A 2001 graduate of Ohio University, Rich spent four years as a photographer for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and then another two years shooting for the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk before moving in 2008 to the National of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He returned to the U.S. in 2011. Find his photojournalism portfolio here, his blog here, his wedding photography business site here, his Facebook fan page here and his Twitter feed here.

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Desiree Shoe is the London homepage editor of the New York Times. A 2007 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Desiree served internships with an advertising firm called University Directories, during the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Eurosport, and as a Pulliam Fellow at the Arizona Republic. Des spent a year-and-a-half as a full-time sports designer for the Republic before moving to the New York Times in 2009 as a news designer. She moved to the digital side in 2011 and, last year, was named senior staff editor and producer for the Times‘ dining section. She moved to London in August. Find her blog here and her Twitter feed here. Desiree turns 29 today.

Desiree, Brian and Rich share a birthday with actors Lorraine Bracco, Persis Khambatta, Avery Franklin Brooks, Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx, William Alexander “Bud” Abbott and George Robert Phillips McFarland (“Spanky” from Our Gang); musicians Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (better known as Sting), Donald “Don” McLean Jr., James Donald “Jim” Root (better known as No. 4 of Slipknot), Tiffany Renee Darwish (who normally goes only by her first name) and Ayumi “Ayu” Hamasaki; sports greats Mark Robert Rypien (football), Dereck Whittenburg, Tyson Cleotis Chandler (both basketball), Maurice Morning “Maury” Wills (baseball), Thomas Muster (tennis) and Frederico Chaves Guedes (soccer); TV host Kelly Marie Ripa Consuelos; movie critic Rex Taylor Reed; defense attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.; photographer Anna-Lou “Annie” Leibovitz; NFL Films president Stephen Douglas “Steve” Sabol; politician Cordell Hull and Indian leader Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi.

In addition, today is Guardian Angels Day, National Custodial Workers Day, World Farm Animals Day and the International Day of Non Violence. Seriously.

Best wishes, you three! Have a truly excellent birthday today!

Tag — the Victoria, Texas, Advocate is ‘it’ today

So, how do you illustrate a story on graffiti artists?

Here’s how the Advocate of Victoria, Texas — one of the smartest small papers in the country –  does it:

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Advocate editor Chris Cobler tells us:

We had some fun with the front page today – thought you’d enjoy it. Kimiko Fieg put together the page.

It’s perfectly fine to play with your nameplate every now and then.

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Contrary to what you may have been told by old-schoolers, there ain’t no rule against it.

The graffiti event itself in downtown Victoria is interesting. Read more about it here.

Average daily circulation for the Victoria Advocate is 26,531.

Another wild night for baseball in Kansas City

Last night, the Kansas City Royals put the “wild” in the Wild Card with a 12-inning, 9-8 win over the Oakland A’s.

The Royals will advance to the American League divisional playoffs. They’ll open in Anaheim — just a couple of miles from where I’m sitting right now — on Thursday.

Front-page designer Charles Gooch tells us:

The baseball gods tonight laughed at our deadlines. Such an amazing game.

I did the design work on A1 with a lot of help from our AME of Presentation and Innovation Greg Branson.

We brought back the crown for the nameplate — I really hope it sticks around for the rest of the playoffs.

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Charles refers to the Royals logo crown that he slipped into the paper’s nameplate last week when the team first made the playoffs.

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The lead photo is by staffer John Sleezer.

Charles continues:

The sports cover was mostly Bob Merrick with some Photoshop help by myself.

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That lead photo is by David Eulitt.

Naturally, the Star has an extensive photo gallery of local folks celebrating the win. This picture — also by David Eulitt is my favorite.

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Um, I don’t think that’s his eye. But, yeah: Point made, dude.

This is the Royals’ first trip to the playoffs since 1985. Go here to see how the Star celebrated that feat last week.

Average daily circulation for the Star is 200,365.

Birthdays for Wedneday, Oct. 1

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

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JR Ball is managing editor of the Baton Rouge office of NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune of New Orleans. A 1986 graduate of Louisiana State University, JR spent ten years as executive editor of Tiger Rag magazine. He then co-founded an entertainment marketing firm. In 1997, he became general manager of the Baton Rouge Bombers, a professional indoor soccer team. In 1999, he moved over to the Baton Rouge Business Report, serving as executive vice president for editorial of that publication and also overseeing 10/12 magazine, 225 magazine and inRegister magazine. He moved to NOLA.com in 2012. Find his Twitter feed here.

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Chad Graff is a sportswriter for the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minn. A 2013 graduate of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., Chad served as executive editor of the student newspaper and worked internships with the New England Sports Network, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Union Leader of Manchester. He worked at the Boston Globe last winter and, in April moved to the Pioneer Press, for which he covers the NHL Minnesota Wild. Find his Twitter feed here. Chad turns 24 today.

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Jerry Langton is a freelance journalist based in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of McMaster University of Hamilton, Ontario, Jerry has worked as a copy editor and designer for the Securities Industry News, the New York Daily News, the Journal News of White Plains, N.Y., and Toronto Star. He’s written at least 13 books.

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His most recent — Rat: How the World’s Most Notorious Rodent Clawed Its Way to the Top — was published in May. Jerry also happens to be married to Tonia Cowan, graphics editor of the Toronto Globe & Mail. Find his Twitter feed here.

Chad, Jerry and JR share a birthday with actors Zachary Knight “Zach” Galifianakis, Sarah Drew, Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (better known as Brie Larson), Randall Rudy “Randy” Quaid, Julia Elizabeth “Julie” Andrews, Estelle Caro Eggleston (better known as Stella Stevens), Richard St. John Harris, George Peppard Jr., Walter Matthau, Stephen Weaver Collins and Thomas Edward “Tom” Bosley; musician Vladimir Horowitz; director Thomas George “Tom” Hooper; sports greats Jeffrey James Reardon, Rodney Cline “Rod” Carew, Matthew Thomas “Matt” Cain (all three baseball); Mark McGwire (steroid user), George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah (soccer) and Vladimir Peter “Spider” Sabich Jr. (skiier); Supreme Court Chief Justice William Hubbs Rehnquist; President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter and bank robber Bonnie Elizabeth Parker.

In addition, today is CD Player Day, Fire Pup Day, Model T Day, National Lace Day, International Music Day, World Vegetarian Day and Balloons Around the World Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday, you three! Best wishes!

Please help a visual journalist publish a RPG setting book

Let’s see a show of hands: How many of you are old-school role-playing gamers?

That many, huh? Hmm. Not bad.

A friend of mine in South Africa has written a setting book for a game called Savage Worlds. It’s called Winter Eternal and yes, it’ll be an official licensed product.

Here’s a sample…

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Morné Schaap has completed the writing, but now he’s trying to fund additional artwork for the e-book. To do this, he’s launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, which works much like Kickstarter.

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The good news: He’s raised more than three quarters of his goal of $2,000. Another $490 and he’ll get there. The campaign will close on Monday, Oct. 6.

The bad news: Well, actually, there isn’t any bad news. The book sounds awesome and the sample artwork Morné has posted looks awesome. With a little nudge from folks like us, he can meet his goal and pay for the art that will illustrate the e-book the way it should be illustrated.

Morné posted a video to help explain his project and where he’s going with it.

As usual, there are a number of contribution levels and perks available. For the higher levels, you can even name characters in Morné’s book. Check out the entire list here.

If you’re into RP gaming — and especially if you’re into Savage Worlds — please consider supporting Morné’s project.

I’ve had the happy opportunity to work with Morné several times during my multiple teaching visits to South Africa.

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A 1998 graduate of North West University, Morné Schaap spent five years as an artist for Beeld in Johannesburg and then nearly five with die Burger in Cape Town. Media24 combined its graphics departments in November 2010, so now he works in an umbrella department that serves all the company’s papers. Morné still works out of the Cape Town offices.

Find Morné’s Twitter feed here.