Birthdays for Thursday, Aug. 20

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


Bill Bootz is assistant managing editor for design at the Villages Daily Sun in Florida. A 1998 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, Bill spent three years as a sports copy editor for the Oklahoman of Oklahoma City and then three more years as sports news editor. He was promoted to presentation editor in 2003. In 2007, he became assistant managing editor for presentation of the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa, but family matters brought him back to Oklahoma City the next year. He moved to Florida in 2013. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Bill turns 48 today.


Tracy Collins is director of Gannett’s Design Studio in Phoenix, Ariz. A 1983 graduate of Bowling Green University, Tracy spent two years at the Robesonian of Lumberton, N.C., as a reporter, sports editor and then news editor. He then spent five years in York, Pa., first as features editor and then managing editor of the Daily Record and then as deputy managing editor of the Dispatch. In 1990, Tracy moved to Pittsburgh to become a copy editor, then features editor of the Pittsburgh Press. He became associate editor for graphics and design of the Post-Gazette in 1993 and was promoted to assistant managing editor for news three years later. Tracy moved to the Arizona Republic in 2000 — first as sports editor, then as deputy managing editor and then as senior director of print and multimedia operations in 2007. He was put in charge of the design studio when it opened in 2010.


Tonia Cowan is graphics editor of the Boston Globe. A 1989 graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Tonia spent four years as a news artist for the Canadian Press before becoming deputy art director for the Associated Press in 1994. In 2000, she moved to Newsweek as an artist specializing in 3D graphics. She became graphics director of the Toronto Star in 2004 and leaped to the same post at the Globe and Mail in 2007. She moved to Boston in June. Find Tonia’s portfolio here, her very cool sketch blog here and her Twitter feed here.


Mark Friesen is a web designer and developer for the Portland Oregonian. A 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri, Mark spent two years as a copy editor and designer for the Gazette Times of Corvallis, Ore., and then five years as a designer and design editor for the Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger before joining the Oregonian in 1994. After 12 years on page one, Mark moved to the business front in 2006 and then to the online side in 2007. For many years, Mark’s NewsDesigner blog was the place to go for news about news design — and, in my opinion, he was a much better blogger than I’ll ever be. Find his Twitter feed here. Mark turns 51 today.


Randy Greenwell is director of photography of the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va. A 1990 graduate of Western Kentucky University, Randy spent 10 years as a photographer, designer and editor for the Courier & Press of Evansville, Ind., before moving to the San Francisco Chronicle in 2000 to become sports picture editor. He was later promoted to director of photography but left the Chronicle for the Pilot in 2007. He spent a year as president of the Associated Press Photo Managers and has taught at the Eddie Adams Workshop and the Kalish Visual Editing Workshop.


Carlos Moreno is a photographer for Designer Studio Inc. of San Diego. A 2007 graduate of Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, Calif. and a 2010 graduate of San Jose State University, Carlos has worked for a number of clients including Southwestern College, El Latino, the San Diego Star-News, Jet magazine, CNN and the New York Times. He has shot for, an online nonprofit covering news in and around San Diego, for Patch and for the Center for Investigative Reporting. He joined Designer Studio in 2012. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Carlos turns 29 today.


Niketa Patel is manager of partnerships for news for Twitter, based in New York City. A 2003 graduate of Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., Niketa spent a year producing interactive content for Media General and then the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville, Fla., for a-year-and-a-half before joining the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2005 as a strategic channel manager. She moved to CBS News as a national news producer and editor in 2008 and then to ABC News in 2009 as social media editor. She moved to CNN Money in 2011 as a product manager for social media and money and then, in 2013, moved to RebelMouse as director of content. She moved to Twitter in June. Find Niketa’s Twitter feed here.

Carlos, Bill, Niketa, Tonia, Randy, Mark and Tracy share a birthday with actors Andrew Russell Garfield, Amy Lou Adams, Joan Allen, James Wesley Marsters, Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith (better known as Sylvester McCoy) and Sophie Aldred; musicians Demetria Devonne “Demi” Lovato, Robert Anthony Plant, John Hiatt, William Frederick “Fred” Durst (of Limp Bizkit) and Isaac Lee Hayes Jr.; TV weatherman Albert Lincoln “Al” Roker Jr.; TV journalist Constance Yu-Hwa “Connie” Chung; novelist Jacqueline Susann; sports greats Andrew Charles Benes, Graig Nettles, Alfonso Ramon “Al” Lopez and Todd Lynn Helton (all four baseball), William Quinn Buckner (basketball) and Donald “Don” King (boxing promoter) and politicians Ronald Ernest “Ron” Paul and Benjamin Harrison.

In addition, today is National Radio Day and Ecological Debt Day. Seriously.

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

Bethany White to join GateHouse Center in Austin

Bethany White — until March, deputy director of Gannett’s Design Studio in Asbury Park — is moving to Austin, Texas.


She writes this week via social media:

I will be joining the GateHouse Center for News & Design in Austin to work with a stellar, growing team of journalists.

My official title will be desk manager, where I’ll be working with already-established as well as incoming publications to the GateHouse family. The talented team in Austin has impressed me from day one — and as GateHouse continues to grow, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join a team making a lasting impact on the journalism industry. Where there’s proven potential, incredible talent and immense room for growth — that is exactly where I want to be, and why Austin will be my new home.

She tells us her start date is…

…Aug. 3 — unless there’s a huge hiccup with the movers.

A 1996 graduate of the University of Memphis, Bethany worked as a features designer for the Daily Advertiser of Lafayette, La., before becoming the paper’s design editor. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri in 2001 and then moved to the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, N.Y., where she served as custom content director and oversaw section redesigns. She also edited the N.Y. Nurses Network and the D&C’s Sunday travel page.

She was named creative director of the Gannett Design Studio in Asbury Park when that hub opened in March 2011 and was promoted to deputy director in 2012. Gannett eliminated her position in March.

Bethany adds:

Now for the shameless plug: GateHouse is hiring.

As is the case with any growing media team, additional talent is needed to continue to provide quality visual journalism. If you’re interested in making a solid next step in your career — or building a foundation that will take you far — let me know. I’d be happy to share what I know about opportunities with GateHouse, my reasons for joining the growing team in Austin, and to connect you with the right person to talk with about career opportunities.

(Bonus: I can also now recommend amazing Austin apartments!)

Feel free to pass the word to your network of designer colleagues as well!

Read more here about the GateHouse Center for News and Design.

Boston Globe sports graphics maestro Luke Knox moving to ESPN

Luke Knox — for the past five years, an ace visual journalist for the Boston Globe — announced Friday on social media:

In a year of exciting changes, I have another one to report: I accepted a job this week with ESPN The Magazine and we are moving to Connecticut!


Starting next month, I will be Associate Art Director for Infographics and will build graphics for the mag and It’s an absolute dream job, working for [creative director] Chin Wang and alongside folks like Paul Wallen.

I’m sad to leave all the incredible colleagues at the Boston Globe from the past five-plus years, and I owe that place everything. But for Jen, the kids and myself, it’s an amazing opportunity for everyone and we are ready to get to know our new home state!

Luke tells us:

I finish [at the Globe] at the end of the month and start [at ESPN] Aug. 10.

A 2002 graduate of UNC-Asheville, Luke spent two years with the Pensacola News Journal in Florida and then a year-and-a-half at the Albuquerque Journal before joining the Arizona Republic in Phoenix in 2005.

He moved to Boston in 2010 as a sports design supervisor. He moved to graphics in 2013.



In particular, I love that Tom Terrific piece. I dissected it here in the blog when it ran — in February 2011 — and I still use it in many of my slideshows. In fact, I sent a JPG of it to a friend just this past weekend (Hi, Marcia!).


In addition, Luke reportedly works for my design firm. Heh.

Find Luke’s portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.

Visual journalist Michael Higdon reenters newspapers — as a reporter

My young pal Michael Higdon is reentering full-time journalism — “with a vengeance,” he says.


Michael has worked as a designer, an ad designer, a news design manager, and a systems manager. More recently, Michael has worked via his blog, Drinkable Reno, via which he focused on the craft beer scene there.

He posted this weekend:

Everyone kept asking me when Drinkable Reno would go full-time and now I sort of am. Without the uplifting encouragement and support of all my readers, family and friends, I never would’ve applied for the job. So you have no one else to blame but yourself.

…Drinkable Reno and all its bits and pieces will go silent. But don’t worry, it’s only because I am going to bring you even more stories about beer, spirits, technology, gentrification and hipster life.

Today, he starts a new job as a metro life reporter at the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal. He even created this fun little graphic to help explain his new gig to his social media audience:


A 2009 graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Michael worked a summer internship with the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., was a Pulliam Fellow at the Indianapolis Star and an summer fellow at the Poynter Institute. He also did some work for NASA during his final year in Reno.

He started work for Swift Communications, also of Reno, in June of 2009 as an ad designer and slid back to the editorial side in 2010 as an editorial designer. In 2012, he was named Swift’s editorial systems administrator. He also taught part-time at the University of Nevada, Reno.

And occasionally, he entertains elderly friends who happen to visit the area.

Michael writes:

So where do you find these stories of drunken hipsters starting up new tech firms in Reno? Start by subscribing to the Reno Memo, but otherwise, I’m not actually sure. Keep a look out on Facebook for a new page or follow @MikeHigdon on Twitter.

Find Michael’s personal web site here.

KC Star’s Charles Gooch leaving the newspaper business

Charles Gooch — for the past 11 years, the primary A1 designer for the Kansas City Star — is leaving newspapers.


Charles posted via social media:

I will be leaving The Kansas City Star (and the newspaper industry) at the end of this week. It’s been a wild ride covering everything from elections to explosions to an MLS Cup championship to a World Series run for the Royals. (And lots and lots of things in between.)

Up next: I will be joining the social media team at VML (a digital marketing/ad agency in KC).

While I am sad to be leaving behind co-workers and friends, I am very excited to start the next chapter in a few weeks.

A 2001 graduate of Penn State University, Charles worked for the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., before becoming a copy editor and front page designer for the Times of Beaver County, Pa., in 2002. He moved to the Star in 2004.

A few samples of his work:




In addition to designing A1, Charles has been a blogger and columnist for both the Star and its youth-oriented tab, Ink. Find his Full 90 soccer blog here and his Twitter feed here.

Gannett’s Abby Westcott moving to Hilton Head, S.C.

Designer Abby Westcott — most recently with the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville — is moving to the 19,900-circulation Island Packet of Hilton Head, S.C.


Abby tells us:

I’ll be the senior designer at the Island Packet so I’ll be designing 1A. The editor, Brian Tolley, wants some bold design and thought my portfolio would fit what he’s looking for. I’ll have a lot of creative freedom there and will be able to experiment and try new things.

She’ll start work on July 27, she says.

A 2008 graduate of Ball State University, Abby interned at the Daily Times of Noblesville, Ind., before launching her career at the Times of Wilson, N.C. She moved to the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal in 2009 as copy desk chief and then moved again to the Asbury Park Press in 2010.

That paper’s design desk, of course, was folded into the Gannett design studio in 2011. She spent two years designing features for the studio…



…before being named the lead designer for the Rochester, N.Y., Democrat & Chronicle.




She moved to USA Today in March of last year and led what I called a badly-needed “design evolution” there, designing A1 and local covers…



…but five months after I wrote that blog post, USA Today laid her off. I’m still trying to understand that one.

She caught on in at Gannett’s Louisville hub last November and parted company with the hub earlier this year.

Find Abby’s portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.

Washington Post’s Alberto Cuadra moving to Science magazine

Award-winning infographics guru Alberto Cuadra has left the Washington Post.


Alberto tells us:

I will be the Managing Editor of Graphics for Science, in their digital division.

The idea is to bring their culture — very print-centric at this moment — to a more web/mobile/social/ multimedia zone. Very exciting and very imposing at the same time

I will start on July 20.

Alberto’s colleague Richard Johnson posted this sketch Richard did of Alberto at work during his last week at the Post:


Alberto worked his last day Thursday.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Navarra, Alberto worked with el Mundo in Madrid and then Reuters before joining the Houston Chronicle in 2004 as a senior graphic artist. As then-graphics editor Jay Carr wrote a few years ago:

With an ability to create a wide variety of stunning visuals and a constant drive to never do anything “ordinary,” Alberto put the Chronicle’s graphics department on the map. In 2006, the Chronicle was one of four papers worldwide to be cited for “use of graphics” in the annual Society for News Design competition. Without Alberto, this wouldn’t have been possible.

Alberto moved to the Post in 2010. A few samples of his work:





The aging brain

In addition, I have a fairly extensive collection of Alberto’s work that moved on the Washington Post wire that I used on my Focus pages in California. Typically, I’d re-edit the heck out of them — because, y’know, I rarely had room for both the graphic and the story. So I’d edit the story down to an intro graph, punch up the headline and then move things around just a bit to make the graphic the lead element — or the only visual element — on the page.

Here are three modest examples of this:


Find Alberto’s portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.

Gannett/Louisville’s Josh Meo moving to Villages Daily Sun

This week, executive editor Bonita Burton made yet another outstanding visuals hire for her growing team at the Daily Sun of the Villages, Fla.

Her message:

I’m delighted to announce that Joshua Meo, an accomplished designer at the Gannet Design Studio in Louisville, is joining us as our new Associate Managing Editor.


This is another in a string of new positions we’ve created to lead our growing staff in this growing market.

In this new role, Josh will work closely with AME Bill Bootz and Managing Editor Colin Smith to direct the visual storytelling of our full portfolio of products — and those we’ve yet to invent. He’ll oversee a team of six designers and report to Managing Editor Sharon Sullivan.

Josh describes himself as someone who “lives for deadlines, planning for a big event or rebuilding for breaking news.” He has deep experience in special sections and in-depth reports, most recently as a lead designer for the Indianapolis Star, Cincinnati Enquirer and Louisville Courier-Journal.

Before joining the studio, Josh designed A1, news and business pages for the Cincinnati Enquirer for six years and was a graphic designer and copy editor at the Kansas City Star for nearly two years.

Josh is a big thinker who understands the importance of intelligent risk-taking. He’s a thoughtful, collaborative leader who will be a big boost to us on the story conception end.

Most of all, he shares our passion for community journalism, our commitment to innovation and our relentless pursuit of excellence.

(Oh, and he’s a seasoned softball pitcher who just might be talked into join the company team…)

Josh and his wife, Jennifer, are parents to an 8-year-old, a six-year-old and a 2-year-old.

Please join me in welcoming them to the Daily Sun family when they join us – hopefully by early August.

I can’t wait to see where his creativity and ambition will take us next.

There’s not much more I can add to that. A few samples of his work:






Find Josh’s portfolio here.

Recent high-profile hires by the Villages Daily Sun

Charles Apple moving to the Houston Chronicle

My stay here in Victoria, Texas, has turned out to be a brief one. I’m headed two hours up the road to become assistant design editor for the Houston Chronicle.


I’m a graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. — although it wasn’t Winthrop University when I was there. It was just plain ol’ Winthrop College. I graduated in 1984 after several years of working in the school’s sports information operation and stringing for the Charlotte Observer.

Two pictures of me at the Athens Banner-Herald,
around 1987 or so. On the left is my first Mac.
On the right, I’m drawing an editorial cartoon.

I spent several years working at small papers: the Athens, Ga., Banner-Herald and Daily News and the Rock Hill Herald.


I joined the staff of the Raleigh, N.C. News & Observer in 1993, won a handful of SND awards for graphics and graphics reporting.




Among the many talented folks I worked with there:

  • Our editor, Frank Daniels III, who went out to found and who now is community conversations editor and a columnist for the Nashville Tennessean.
  • Our city editor-turned-editor, Anders Gyllenhaal, who’d go on to become editor of the Miami Herald and who is now vice president of news and the Washington editor for McClatchy.
  • Our projects editor, Melanie Sill, who spent several years as editor of the Sacramento Bee and who is now vice president for content at Southern California Public Radio in Pasadena.
  • Our design director, Damon Cain, who’s now managing editor for presentation and design at the Denver Post.
  • Stuart Leavenworth, who’s currently the McClatchy bureau chief in Beijing.
  • And our Chapel Hill bureau chief, Nancy Barnes, who spent six years as editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and who is now the editor of the Houston Chronicle.

I was there only a brief time before I was hired away by the Chicago Tribune in 1996.


I entered the world of management in 1999 at the Des Moines Register


…and then moved to the Virginian-Pilot in 2003.


Here I am in 2007, with my award-winning Virginian-Pilot graphics staff.


After the Pilot eliminated my department and my position, I spent a brief time as an art director for the Sporting News in Charlotte, N.C.

For the next four-and-a-half years, I worked as as a free-lance instructor, consultant, writer and designer, teaching news design and graphics seminars around the country. I spent a total of eight months teaching at and consulting for the Media24 newspaper chain of South Africa.


I’ve also taught in the Philippines…


…in Nigeria…


…and in Kenya.


Mostly, though, I blogged.


Blogging has never paid anything. But during my long years out of work, it keep me productive and positive — at times — and it allowed me to help make your life and your job a little easier. And, perhaps, a little more fun.

Or, at least, that was my hope.

In 2013, I was hired by the Orange County Register of Santa Ana, Calif., in the southern suburbs of Los Angeles, not far from Anaheim and Disneyland. Basically, they gave me a full page five days a week and told me I could do anything I wanted with it. The only real instruction: Make it spectacular.

And so I tried to do that.





Focus page editor was the greatest job a research geek like me could have. It was fun for nearly two years — until cycle after cycle of layoffs and furloughs and news reports suggested that the situation at the Orange County Register might not be as secure as I had hoped.

Not wanting to have yet another job die under me, I tried to go proactive: Last December, I became managing editor for visuals of the Victoria Advocate — a small, family-owned newspaper that wasn’t likely to go anywhere, anytime soon.

I’ve done pretty good work, I think.



But yet, it’s not been a good fit.

That’s where my old Raleigh friend, Nancy, comes in.


I’ll start at the Chronicle on Monday the 29th. I’ll be working with the paper’s news presentation and projects design.

Added bonus: I imagine I’ll be building a lot of work that originates with the Chronicle‘s investigations and enterprise team. That team is led by Maria Carillo, who was my managing editor at the Virginian-Pilot.

It’s an awfully small world, isn’t it?

I live in Victoria with my 22-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. My wife, Sharon — a special ed teacher — never made the move to California and she also doesn’t live with us in Victoria. She moved in with her folks in Lilburn, Ga. — outside of Atlanta — and helps care for them. She comes to visit every few months or so…


…and, in fact, will be here next week to help plan our move to Houston.

What will become of this blog? I’ll keep on posting as often as I can — which might not be very frequently over the next few weeks. I’ll keep the blog alive as long as it’s useful to us in newspaper land.

Want to see more samples of my work? I’m in the process of overhauling my NewsPageDesigner portfolio. You can find it here.

I’m all over social media: I’m on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. If you’ve not friended me, please feel free.

You know where to find my blog. Obviously.

Durango’s David Holub leaves visuals to become A&E editor

David Holub, design editor of the Durango Herald in Colorado, posted on social media two weeks ago:

So this is now official and public: I am the new Arts and Entertainment editor at the Durango Herald, transitioning from my awesome and splashy time as Design Editor since January 2014.


I loved every moment as Design Editor but am really excited about this new position, which will allow me to combine everything I’ve ever done professionally: I’ll be the section’s principle writer, editor, art director and designer.

And we are developing a super-secret special project for the fall and all those duties will multiply by about a billion!

David’s also trying to help fill his old job. He also posted a while back:

If you know anyone who might be interested in being a Design Editor in the coolest little mountain town ever, send them my way. It’s a job that grants just about as much creative freedom as one can imagine. By far the best newspaper job I’ve ever had.

Find the want ad here.

A 1999 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, David spent two years as a sportswriter and copy editor for the Greeley (Colo.) Tribune and then a year as a sportswriter for the St. Joseph News Press in Missouri before becoming a designer at the Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times.

After a brief stay at the Miami Herald, David moved to the Hartford (Conn.) Courant in 2006 as a sports designer. He left the Courant in 2010, earned a master’s degree in professional writing at Western Connecticut State University and taught rhetoric and writing at the University of Hartford., He moved to Durango in January 2014.

For three-and-a-half years, he edited Kugelmass: A Journal of Literary Humor, which came out twice a year.

Find David’s portfolio here.

Amarillo Globe-News content editor Jim Lexa leaves newspapers

Jim Lexa of the Globe-News of Amarillo, Texas, announced in April:

After 30-1/2 years in Amarillo and at Amarillo Globe-News, I’m leaving. My last day at the paper will be May 24. And in June I’ll be moving to DeKalb, Ill.


Much of my family lives in that area. I have a place to live, so I, Sophie dog and the three cats won’t be moving in with any family member. I’m sure they’re all grateful for that.

I don’t have a job lined up. Finding a job will be priority No. 1. I don’t know what I’ll be doing, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be in the newspaper business. I’d like to find a job in which I’m not working nights, not working weekends, one that allows me to have some type of social life, to be able to see family and friends.

I gave serious thought to this last June, when I was finishing a vacation in Illinois. Thought I’d hit the 30-year mark at the paper on Nov. 1. Didn’t want to move in the wintry months. And then in January I found out that my nearly sister-in-law’s house she’s renting in DeKalb would be vacant come June. So that set everything in motion.

And, sure enough, he signed off in Amarillo as scheduled:


A 1984 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Jim spent a few months as a sportswriter for the Vincennes Sun-Commercial before moving to Amarillo that fall. He served as assistant copy desk chief for sports and then content editor for the Globe-News.

Take a moment, if you will, to read about Jim’s encounter with Jay Leno.

Find Jim’s blog here and his Twitter feed here.

From journalism to a nonprofit to working for a presidential campaign

There are those of us in journalism who aim to cover the fast-changing events in the world and explain what they mean to readers. And there are those who take a more direct approach.


Take my young friend Adam B. Sullivan. I met him years ago when I visited the University of Iowa and lectured a number of classes there. Adam worked for the student paper there, the Daily Iowan, as a metro reporter, opinion editor, convergence editor and news director of the paper’s TV operation before becoming editor-in-chief his senior year.

After graduating in 2012, Adam went to work covering politics and education for the Press-Citizen of Iowa City. After a year, however, he moved to the nonprofit Crisis Center of Johnson County, where he worked as communications coordinator.

Two weeks ago, he announced via social media:

I’m excited to say I’m leaving my job at the end of this month so I can focus fulltime on helping Rand Paul win the GOP presidential nomination.

I hope you’ll join me in fighting against endless wars, the incarceration crisis, and corporate welfare.

He worked his last day Friday.

Find Adam’s Twitter feed here.

USA Today design manager Tory Hargro to join Facebook

And I don’t mean as a user. I mean as an employee.

USA Today design manager Tory Hargro announced a couple weeks ago:


As a student at Alcorn State University, Tory co-founded a digital design boutique, Nextverge Digital Media, that served state and nonprofit clients. He also served as director of development for WPRL, the NPR affiliate there in Lorman, Miss.


After graduating in 2007, Tory served a visual journalism fellowship with the Poynter Institute and then, that fall, went to work at the Orlando Sentinel as a multimedia designer. A year later, he leaped to a similar position at USA Today. He was promoted to manager of new product development and design in 2010 and then to design manager in 2012.

Tory worked his last day at USA Today this past Friday, May 26. He starts his new job at Facebook next Monday, June 8.

Tory tells us:

Can’t say much about what I’ll be doing except that I’ll be working on “creative labs” products.

Find Tory’s Twitter feed here.

The new graphics editor of the Boston Globe: Tonia Cowan

Tonia Cowan — for the past eight years, graphics editor of the Globe & Mail of Toronto — is the new graphics editor of the Boston Globe.


She starts her new job today, in fact. Friday was her last day at the Globe & Mail.

A 1989 graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Tonia spent four years as a news artist for the Canadian Press before becoming deputy art director for the Associated Press in 1994. In 2000, she moved to Newsweek as an artist specializing in 3D graphics. She became graphics director of the Toronto Star in 2004 and leaped to the Globe and Mail in 2007.

I should add that Tonia is one of my favorite people in the world. She, Kris Viesselman and I taught together for a week in Manila, back in 2007.


For a while, Tonia kept a very cool sketch blog. I once posted her field guide on how to identify Canadians during winter:

Another time, I posted examples of watercolor work she did on deadline for her paper.

She told me:

I’ve learned that watercolors are hard. I mean, really really hard.

Possibly the coolest thing of Tonia’s I ever posted was this terrific International Space Station diagram:


The diagram attracted not only my attention but also that of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Who just so happened to be in orbit at the time.



Later that year, Tonia pulled out her sketch pad again and dropped in on the Toronto Film Festival.


You recognize Sandra Bullock, right?

Tonia even managed to put herself into one of her graphics from the festival:


And those are just the samples of her work I’ve blogged about recently. Find much more of Tonia’s work in her online portfolio. Find her Twitter feed here.

Journalism guru Daryl Moen retires from Mizzou

Longtime newspaper editor, textbook author and educator Daryl Moen is retiring from the University of Missouri.

He wrote Friday via social media:

Today wraps up my 41-year career at the Missouri School of Journalism. Now, after a few thousand students, about 200 MA committees and blood (not mine!) on the floor, I’ll be attending my 80th graduation.

He writes that about 20 faculty colleagues burst into his final narrative writing class Friday, bearing cake and a song.


Over the years, I’ve worked with a number of young people who studied under Daryl and even hosted a couple of interns who Daryl recruited from China.

Fear not, though. Daryl might be retiring from full-time teaching, but he’ll still be around the School of Journalism. Daryl tells us:

I’ll be teaching one course a semester in the next academic year and working on the next edition of the Missouri Group’s reporting text.

And, of course, golfing.

A 1966 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Daryl obtained a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1967 before becoming editor of the Portage (Wis.) Daily Register and then managing editor of the DeKalb (Ill.) Daily Chronicle.


He joined Mizzou in 1974, serving for nine years as managing editor of the Missourian and authoring or co-authoring seven books on reporting, news design and convergence — most notably for us visuals folks, this one:


Find Daryl’s web site here and his Twitter feed here.

Robert Newman named creative director of This Old House magazine

Magazine visuals guru Robert Newman announced on social media this weekend:

I’m very happy to announce that I’ve been hired as the creative director of This Old House magazine.


I start work there on May 4, and am excited to be joining the talented team led by editor Scott Omelianuk and including director of photography Denise Sfraga and art director Jamie Dannecker, as well as many other good folks. This Old House is a forward-looking, multi-platform brand, with energetic projects of all kinds. And just as exciting, it has a vibrant print magazine and a passionate audience. It’s going to be a lot of fun (and very challenging!).

A 1974 graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, Robert spent more than 26 years in visual leadership positions of a number of publications: Guitar World, the Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, New York, Details, Vibe, Inside, Real Simple and Fortune.

A few samples of his art direction over the years…


Find more at his web site.

Robert spent four years as a consultant, working with clients such as AARP magazine, JCK magazine and TV Guide. He got into iPad design, helped set up an iPad app for Reader’s Digest and then was hired as that magazine’s creative director. He worked there for a year before going back into consulting in 2012.

In addition, Robert is a member of the board of the Society of Publication Designers.

In March 2013, Robert was visiting family in Florida when he suffered a seizure and then severe head trauma in a fall during that seizure. He was rushed to a hospital but then suffered a brain hemorrhage. He was in a coma for weeks, in a respirator.

He spent the past couple of years recovering from that incident — aided, in part, with his friends in the visual journalism world (see here and here).

Find Robert’s Twitter feed here.

Fort Lauderdale’s Tom Brew leaves newspapers for the world of book publishing

Tom Brew of the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel announced recently via social media:

It’s been a great three years here, but it’s time for something different.


I am going to be editor and president of a new venture, Crossroads Publishers, overseeing the production of books, boutique books, magazines on demand and websites. I will be doing my own two book projects, and have already lined up three other projects for us to publish, with many more in the discussion stages. I’m looking forward to telling some great stories here in the next few months and beyond.

The first two projects will take me home to Indiana for the next several months, but there are Florida projects in the future, so I’ll be coming back and forth a lot. I’ll keep you updated as deals get finalized.

A 1980 graduate of Indiana University, Tom was a sportswriter for the St. Petersburg Times and then spent five years as night sports editor for the Tampa Tribune. He moved to the Indianapolis Star in 2004 as chief of the copy desk but was laid off in June 2011.


His novel — The Ties that Bind – was released in October.

Find his Twitter feed here.

Then: A newspaper designer. Now: An NFL cheerleader.

It’s always sad when a talented visual journalist leaves newspapers. But I’m always happy to see one of us go on to success in another field.


I worked with Alison Powers briefly at the Virginian-Pilot. She went on to work at the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville as a features and Sunday sports designer. Four years ago, she left print and became an interactive designer for Nemours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville.

A few weeks ago, she joined a new team: She’s been named to the ROAR of the Jaguars, the NFL team’s cheerleading/dance team.

Here’s her official portrait from the ROAR’s web site:


See the rest of the ROAR team here.

A 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri, Alison served as a designer for the Missourian and production manager, graphics editor and designer for the Maneater. She served an internship at the Virginian-Pilot in 2007 before joining the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville that fall.

A few samples of her work:




Find Alison’s web site here and her Twitter feed here.

Longtime WaPo designer moving to Beijing Weekly magazine

Longtime Washington Post visual journalist Pamela Tobey will depart this week for a new adventure.


She posted recently on social media:

I will start a visuals position at Beijing Weekly magazine in Beijing.

It’s an English-language news weekly and I will be in the visuals group, participating in design, graphics training and creating graphics. Their print edition goes to many diplomats and business people, and they have a monthly Africa edition, ChinaAfrique, in French and English.

It will be a challenging and exciting year in Beijing. Especially with being in a Chinese business, so I will need to also learn the office culture, which is different than here. I should also add that the magazine is a part of the China International Publishing Group, founded in 1949, and Beijing Review began publishing in English in 1958.

She received her visa Friday and is scheduled to depart D.C. tomorrow.

A 1981 graduate of Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, Pam spent a year as a reporter and artist for the Beaumont Enterprise-Journal and then two more years at the Austin American-Statesman before moving to the Post in 1984. In addition, she wrote and illustrated for Fashion Doll Quarterly magazine.

Pam left the Post in November after 30 years. Find her Twitter feed here.

SF Chronicle’s Frank Mina moving to Seattle Times

Frank Mina, deputy managing editor for presentation at the San Francisco Chronicle, is moving up the coast to Seattle.


Frank posted Friday on social media:

My 18-year career at the San Francisco Chronicle came to a close today with many hugs, a few tears and a standing ovation. In just a little over two weeks, I’ll begin a new job at The Seattle Times.

Thanks to everyone for their well wishes and words of encouragement. I’m sad to leave so many great colleagues, but excited to start on this new adventure.

Frank tells us:

I’ll be design director. I’ll be working on print and digital products. I start May 4.

Naturally, his colleagues at the Chronicle had some fun with Frank before he hit the street Friday.



A 1995 graduate of northern California’s Humboldt State University, Frank spent a couple of years as a graphic artist at the Modesto Bee before joining the Chronicle in 1997 as a designer. He moved up to art director in 2002, to assistant managing editor in 2009 and then to deputy managing editor in 2012.