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.

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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.

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

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


THURSDAY, JULY 23

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

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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.”


FRIDAY, JULY 24

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

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SATURDAY, JULY 25

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

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


MONDAY, JULY 27

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

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Werner teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.


TUESDAY, JULY 28

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

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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.

Those air show poster fronts from Oshkosh? Here’s the complete set.

Last week, I showed you a number of poster pages from the Oshkosh Northwestern celebrating the annual Airventure air show: “America’s largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts.”

To recap…

Sunday, July 19:

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Monday, July 20:

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Tuesday, July 21:

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Wednesday, July 22:

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Thursday, July 23:

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Designer Evan Backstrom of the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines was kind enough to send along the rest of the week’s front pages.

The theme at the airshow Friday was a look back at the near-disaster of Apollo 13, which took place 45 years ago this past April. Evan used a number of vintage NASA images:

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For Saturday’s front page, Evan went sideways again with a photo of the newest fighter in the U.S. arsenal, the Lockheed F-35 Lightning II.

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The picture was by staffer William Glasheen.

And the final poster front of the week ran Sunday. Even went sideways for the third time in seven days with this picture by staffer Jeannette Merten of the newest, “next generation” Goodyear blimp, Wingfoot One.

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Click on any of those pages for a much larger look.

Average daily circulation for the Oshkosh Northwestern is 14,113.

A 2012 graduate of Ball State University, Evan Backstrom served as chief page designer for the student paper there, the Ball State Daily News

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…and interned at Stamprint Printing and the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Evan tells us:

I was recruited by the Des Moines Design Studio out of college. In the studio I started on the Metro section of the Des Moines Register. I have since moved to the Wisconsin team where I am the lead designer for the Oshkosh Northwestern.

I wrote about him last month. A few samples of Evan’s work:

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Find his web site here, his NewsPageDesigner portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.

Fitchburg, Mass., Sentinel & Enterprise turns over A1 to an art project

The Sentinel & Enterprise — a 15,031-circulation daily in Fitchburg, Mass. — is running an interesting experiment on page one this month.

The normal front page pushes inside to page three while the front is taken over by a community art project, spearheaded by a German-born artist, illustrated by more than two dozen artists around the world and supported by a team of six interns from Fitchburg State University.

What’s more: This little project displaces the front page for 26 days.

The project launched more than a week ago: Monday, July 13. Here was the front page of the Sentinel & Enterprise that morning:

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That’s right. The theme for Day One was the letter A. Note how the three stories — actually, two stories and a poem — each have headlines that begin with the letter A.

The theme for Day Two? The letter B.

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Now, who out there can guess what the theme was for Day Three?

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That’s right: The project will depict one letter of the alphabet per day.

The project was commissioned by the Fitchburg Art Museum with an “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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You’ll notice the museum looks a lot like the artwork for Day One typographical illustration. I’d have to believe that was intentional.

Born in Germany but now based in New Orleans, project leader Anna Schuleit Haber

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…has been working for months with her team of interns on “the Alphabet.”

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A profile the paper ran earlier this month described Schuleit Haber as…

…a visual artist whose work lies at the intersection of painting, drawing, installation art, architecture and community. Her works have ranged from museum installations made with paint, to large-scale projects in forests, on uninhabited islands, and in psychiatric institutions using extensive sound systems, live sod, thousands of flowers, mirrors, antique telephones, bodies of water and neuroscience technologies.

She studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, creative writing at Dartmouth, and was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard. She was named a MacArthur Fellow for work that has “conceptual clarity, compassion, and beauty.”

Current projects revolve around seriality and memory, and include a body of 104 paintings based on Thomas Bernhard’s short fiction, as well as large-scale drawing commissions for architecture.

Ready for another couple of pages? Here was Thursday’s Day Four…

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…and this was Friday’s Day Five:

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The list of contributors is suitably eclectic for a project of this nature:

A – Felix Salut
Specialty: Multimedia artist
Based: Amsterdam

B – Andreas Schenk
Specialty: Calligraphy
Based: Switzerland

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C – Dan Keleher
Specialty: Letterpress
Based: Hadley, Mass., near Amherst

D – Matthew Carter
Specialty: Typography
Based: Cambridge, Mass.

A story about the contributors says Carter is…

… the creator of web fonts Georgia, Verdana, Tahoma and Bell Centennial. He has designed type for publications such as Time, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Newsweek, and has won numerous awards for his contributions to typography and design, including an honorary doctorate from the Art Institute of Boston.

E – Shoko Mugikura and Tim Ahrens
Specialty: Typography
Based: Munich

F – Nina Stoessinger
Specialty: Designer
Based: Netherlands

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Assisting Schuleit Haber on this effort are six interns from the local college. From yet another story published earlier this month by the Sentinel & Enterprise:

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Townsend resident Justin Keohane is the graphic design intern, and is helping Schuleit Haber lay out each of the 26 front pages.

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Jarad Nelson of Leominster is handling public relations, and will work on the project website, draft press releases and make phone calls.

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Fitchburg native Ariana Garcia, Orange resident Shannon Gugarty, who grew up in Fitchburg, and Pepperell resident Johnathan Jena are writing short pieces on Fitchburg and Leominster for the front pages. Each piece will be somewhere between 100 and 600 words, and will focus on history and local culture, looking into things like the history of street names or old buildings in the city.

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Jonathan Berglind of Leominster and Anthony Earabino, who recently moved to Fitchburg, will film all aspects of the project, from meetings between Schuleit Haber and community members, to interviews for the written pieces, to the other interns at work.

“Anything that happens while Anna is in Fitchburg,” Earabino said.

“We’re going to put footage up on the website as we go,” Berglind added, “and then hopefully end up with a 10- or 15-minute documentary.”

My favorite of the nine pages published so far was the letter G, which ran Monday:

G – Cyrus Highsmith
Specialty: Typography and illustration
Based: Providence, R.I.

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The paper reported:

His “G,” Highsmith said, came about when he was sketching and doodling.

“I was fooling around, imagining it printed big,” he said. “I wanted to do something fun, something to catch people’s eye.”

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He initially sketched his design with paper and pencil, then filled in the letter with ripped paper to make a sort of collage. The coloring and precise lines he did on the computer, he said.

Here was Tuesday’s page:

H – Laura Meseguer
Specialty: Typography, logos and book design
Based: Barcelona

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And here is today’s page:

I – Therese Schuleit, sister of project leader Anna Schuleit Haber
Specialty: Visual and audio artist
Based: Beirut

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If you’re like me, you have two burning questions at this point. Sentinel & Enterprise editor Charles St. Amand took a few minutes this week answer them for us:

Q. Do you have a conventional front page on the inside of each day’s paper? On page three, perhaps?

A. Page 3 has our “regular” front page. Page 2 contains any jumps from the Alphabet Page 1, a brief “About ‘The Alphabet'” explainer, a story about the designer and writers who contributed to the project that day, a profile of the artist leading the project, and photos taken by her interns, my staff and ​submissions from readers. We’re also going to include some reader feedback.

Oh, and “The Alphabet” takes Sundays off.

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Q. Do you have a contingency plan for a day you have breaking news? Might the letter of the day get pushed off page one for some reason? What happens then?

​A. We can delay the project for a huge story that must get out front. We haven’t come close to that having to happen — yet. As I mentioned in a Page 1 column to readers the day before the letters began appearing, giving up the ​front page for 26 straight days would not have been possible without our digital-first mission. We don’t hold breaking news for print.

We’ll know when we have to put “The Alphabet” on hiatus. I hope we don’t have to.

There is much more about The Alphabet project on the paper’s web site. Caution, though: The Sentinel & Enterprise uses a metered paywall that allows you to see only five or six stories before you’re hit up to buy a subscription. So take a moment and choose which of these stories you’d like to see before you start clicking:

All of the photos illustrating this blog post were shot by the Sentinel & Enterprise staff and Schuleit Haber’s team of interns. Many thanks to Charles St. Amand for making this archive available to us.

Thanks to Dave Dombrowski for the tip.

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.

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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…

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

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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…

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…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.

Hutchinson (Kansas) News transforms itself into the Smallville News

Look! Up in the sky!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… newspaper?

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That was the actual Thursday front page of the Hutchinson (Kansas) News.

My pal Ron Sylvester — managing editor of the Hutch News — tells us the page was designed by assistant managing editor for design Wendy Skellenger and graphic artist Jim Heck.

He writes:

Three years ago some comic fans presented a pretty detailed argument that Hutchinson was geographically close to where Smallville, Kansas, would’ve been located. They convinced the mayor and the city council to change the name of the town to Smallville for a day.

Since then, there has been a festival created, a comic con, and it’s expanded to four days. It’s become quite a community event.

The first year, the Hutchinson News changed its name to the Daily Planet:

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It was received so well in the community and so popular we decided to do it again this year. Except the Daily Planet was really located in Metropolis. So we decided calling at the Smallville News would be more faithful. Plus, we could use that iconic typography from the Superman comics that we all read  growing up.

We had imagined Superman flying out of the Cosmosphere.  The problem was finding a Superman image we could use. We spent days scouring and finally found an image that had a Creative Commons license that we felt comfortable we could utilize under Fair Use.

Wendy and Jim did an amazing job of paying attention to detail. My favorite is the placement of the barcode and the edition number to parody a comic book.

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This is what a newspaper looks like when people have fun coming to work every day!

This page was the front of what was essentially a four-page pull-off section that wrapped around the rest of Thursday’s paper. These pages were designed by staffer George Woods.

Ron tells us:

It was designed so people could pull off the cover, get the four-day schedule and have a little program on those four pages.

Page two contained a schedule and quotes from local folks.

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Page three contains a timeline of how the Smallville event came to be over the years.

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On the back were a couple of pictures from last year’s festival and a story about a local bookstore that sponsored a Where’s Waldo?-like game tie-in with the event.

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Ron notes that Thursday…

…was also one day we could use comic sans and we didn’t let it go to waste.

On our opinion page, we ran an editorial on why we change our flag and support the festival.

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Inside, Thursday’s Page 3 was essentially the usual Page 1.

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Ron writes:

Our entertainment section, the b, featured the Comic Con on the cover, following the comic book theme.

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Sandra Milburn, our AME of photo, took care of the header, as she does every day.

Naturally, there was also a strong digital component to the project.

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Ron tells us:

Ryan Buchanan, our digital editor, pulled the main package together.

Find it here.

Ron closes by noting:

We have a really good team here. I’m glad they’re going to be recognized for their hard work.

Average daily circulation of the Hutchinson News is 25,722.

West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minn., launches a redesign

The West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minn., launched a redesign Monday.

On the right, here, is Tuesday’s edition — the second day of the new format. On the left is a front page from late last year.

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Editor Kelly Bolden wrote in launch-day column:

This new design addresses the text and headline fonts and other design elements, such as our flag, column logos and page headers, for example.

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The first change you may notice is a new West Central Tribune flag on our front page. We made some small modifications: changing “Tribune” to a capital-case word (it was all capital letters before); adding a deep blue color scheme and adding a drop shadow.

Here is Thursday’s front page — Day Four of the new format:

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Other changes, according to Kelly:

  • The WCT changed its body text to a more readable font: Nimrod MT.
  • The new headline and accent fonts are Photina and Air.
  • All story text are now ragged right, “which reduces the frequency of word hyphenation,” Kelly writes.
  • Story headlines are now centered.
  • Also added: New page headers and column sigs.
  • The only content change Kelly notes is the addition of a new comic panel: Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller.

The next day, Kelly wrote:

The majority of the readers like the new design overall, calling it simple, fresh and clean. Some readers raised the concern that our photo cutlines were too small and hard to read.

…The cutline font has been changed to an Air Bold font that is easier to read.

Average daily circulation for the West Central Tribune is 13,714.

Here’s an idea you might try: Find a local photographer who shoots the night sky

I just love astronomy. I tried to work astronomy into my Focus pages every once in a while in California.

Remembering that, perhaps, Philip Maramba — managing editor of the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail — shares something really cool his paper ran on Friday.

He tells us:

Our photographer, Tom Hindman, spends a lot of time outdoors and churns out wonderful nature images on Facebook and his blog. In particular, his starscapes from various points around West Virginia draw plenty of oohs and ahhs on social media and drew the attention of our features editor, Billy Wolfe, himself a photographer as well.

With the weather finally warming up, Billy thought it would be a neat idea to interview Tom to share some tips on how to get good starry sky photos.

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One of the photos inspired Billy to see if we could incorporate it into the nameplate to promote the feature. We set our graphic artist, Kevin Cade, to thinking on it and, well, you can see the results. Everyone seemed pretty happy with it.

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The story is full of really good tips for readers who have access to nice equipment and would like to try their hand at some amateur astronomy. Read the story here and see if there’s anything you might take away to do your own version with a star shooter in your own neck of  the woods.

Average daily circulation for the Charleston Daily Mail is 17,879.

Here’s your annual peek at the Toledo Free Press’ Opening Day edition

I know spring is finally here when my pal James A. Molnar of the Toledo Free Press sends me his Opening Day pages. The 115,000-distribution free weekly tabloid goes all-out every year to celebrate the start of the season for the famous Toledo Mud Hens.

James tells us:

We published a 60-page edition on April 12 dedicated to opening day April 16 and I’m excited to share it with you.

Our fantastic cartoonist Don Lee produced some great cover artwork for the third consecutive year, now. The cover idea stems from various promotion nights by the Hens, which include Back to the Future Night, a doubleheader honoring the 30th anniversary of the film franchise.

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The cover also features a double-headed dinosaur since there will be a Jurassic Park theme night in anticipation of the fourth movie in the franchise, Jurassic World, coming to theaters this summer.

The Mud Hens will even wear special post-retro jerseys for Back to the Future night.

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Find the online version of that story here.

James continues:

For the inside cover, I had Don Lee send me separate elements to use.

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I thought it would be fun to include his concept drawing and revised sketch for this year. We’re really lucky to have him in our editorial arsenal.

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Find more of Don’s work on Twitter and Facebook.

James continues:

You’ll remember the Ghostbusters-themed cover last year…

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…and the Angry Birds cover from two years ago.)

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James also sends along a number of inside pages, including the welcome page…

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…the schedule page…

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…a page full o’ team member mug shots…

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…and even a fun baseball-themed crossword puzzle.

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James writes:

One of my favorite stories is written by Associate Editor Tom Konecny, who profiles the history of the team.

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Although baseball has a long history in Toledo, the current franchise is marking 50 years in 2015.

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Find the online version of that story here.

(Story online: http://www.toledofreepress.com/2015/04/10/current-mud-hens-franchise-marks-50-years/)

Kudos to Managing Editor Joel Sensenig for his hard work organizing the content for the section. Sensenig wrote a story about new food offerings at the stadium this year and you don’t want to miss one of the new treats: A S’more donut.

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Again, here’s the full story. Click for a readable version.

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Find the entire Opening Day e-edition here.

The Toledo Free Press recently celebrated its 10th anniversary in print. Read about that here.

A 2009 graduate of Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis., James served as a reporter, designer and then visual content editor for the student paper there, the Marquette Tribune.

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He spent a couple of months as a designer and editor for the Daily of Chatauqua, N.Y. and then seven months as an apprentice optician at Eyeglass World in Toledo before catching on at the Free Press in 2010. He also covers movies for the Free Press.

Find James’ personal blog here, his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.

Independent Mail of Anderson, S.C., launches a redesign

The Independent Mail of Anderson, S.C. — in the northwest corner of the state — launched a redesign Tuesday.

The 22,625-circulation daily  bucks a bit of a trend by converting from a Berliner format to a broadsheet. The Independent Mail has been a Berliner since late 2006 — it was reportedly the second U.S. paper to move to that format.

On the left, here, is the front page from Tuesday, March 24. On the right is yesterday’s relaunch front.

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Tim Thorsen — a senior editor for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Stuart, Fla. — tells us a little about the redesign:

Susan Kelly-Gilbert (publisher) and Steve Mullins (editor) really drove the train. My job mostly centered on answering questions and kicking out prototypes and making tweaks they suggested.

Not much to do style-wise, as we didn’t really change much of anything along those lines. The real work was done behind the scenes with ads and newsprint and all the stuff that allows us to actually produce a newspaper.

Here’s a closer look at the new front page:

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Tim continues:

Jorge Vidrio (Scripps design editor in Corpus) created the new nameplate/flag/identity.

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The increase in page sizes allowed the Independent Mail to shuffle around much of its newshole. Here’s a before-and-after look at page A2, which now holds mostly entertainment and light briefs.

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The new format allows the Independent Mail to add larger labels at the top of each section. Local and State news begins on page three.

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Nation and World begins on page 7A.

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Here’s what a typical A-section jump page looks like.

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The serif  headline font you’re seeing there is

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The san-serif headline font is:

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Tim tells us:

The big thing was figuring out how many pages the A and B sections would be — what would give us a balance between the space we had as a tall tab and the space we need.

We’ve also built some efficiencies into the process. The top of 2A and all of the first Nation/World are done by the Central Desk in Corpus Christi.

Here’s a before-and-after look at the editorial page, which the Independent Mail calls “Views.”

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With high school football huge in this part of South Carolina and Clemson University only a few minutes up the road, sports is a very important part of the Independent Mail. Here’s a before-and-after look at the sports front:

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Page two of sports is the “Fanfare” page, including a daily calendar, this day in sports history and sports briefs.

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Here’s a typical inside sports page.

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As you can see here, the agate page didn’t really change at all. A few inches of wire was tacked onto the top.

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Tim writes:

The Biz page is new and is about 90% paginated by the Associated Press.

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The advice columns move onto the puzzles page…

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…and the comics consolidate into a single broadsheet page.

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Daily weather — produced by Accuweather — doesn’t change at all, as far as I can tell.

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Full disclosure No. 1: I was born in Anderson and read the Independent Mail whenever we were in town visiting family. I still have family in Anderson.

Full disclosure No. 2: I interviewed two times for two different jobs at the Independent Mail not long after I graduated college in 1984. I landed neither.

Full disclosure No. 3: I love the typography and the organization of the new-and-improved Independent Mail. But I’m going to miss that Berliner format. I really liked the size.

A cool front-page illustration by a newcomer to newspapers

Carli Greninger is an illustrator for the Herald of Grand Forks, N.D. In fact, she’s the paper’s brand new illustrator: I’m told her first day of work was the Monday after the week I taught in Fargo for Forum Communications.

Which means she had been on the job less than three weeks when she scored her first front-page illustration.

She took a few minutes this week to tell us all about it:

I was approached by one of the reporters asking me if I would feel comfortable with doing a huge centerpiece. Of course, I said yes.

I started digging. I came across some poems online about addiction. They were intriguing and, overall, what mostly inspired my piece. They referred to “demons.”

I took a reference photo of a female and then illustrated that:

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I then took a copy of the illustration and placed newspaper where I wanted emphasis. I then took Prismacolor markers and played with grays and blues on tracing paper. The tracing paper allows it to play as a watercolor feel when using the blender.

I scanned all three and brought them into Photoshop. I then played with blending modes and created textures. I also drew that bottle and placed it on the photo.

The only other illustration in the inside was just me emphasizing quotes and setting up the typography.

Read the online version of the story here.

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Carli is a graduate of Alexandria Technical and Community College.

A few samples of her work:

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Find more at her web site.

Average daily circulation for the Grand Forks Herald is 24,022.

Gabe Whisnant named editor of the Shelby (N.C.) Star

Gabe Whisnant — sports editor of the Gaston Gazette in Gastonia, N.C. — has been named news editor of the Gazette‘s sister paper, the Shelby Star.

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The Star‘s Casey White reports:

Born in Shelby, Whisnant, 37, spent his early life in Cleveland County, graduating from Crest High School in 1996. Whisnant worked as the assistant sports editor at The Star from 2006-08.

In 2008, Gabe moved to the Gazette as sports editor. A 2000 graduate of UNC Wilmington, Gabe previously worked for the Wilmington Star-News and the Goldsboro News-Argus.

Gabe writes on his Facebook timeline:

Can’t wait for first official day on Monday.

Phillip Gardner– who’s reported area high school sports for 15 years — will replace Gabe in Gastonia.

Shelby is on the western edge of the Charlotte metro region, a little less an hour west of downtown. Gastonia is about half that far out. Average daily circulation for the Shelby Star is 14,164. The Gazette circulates 24,354 daily.

Find Gabe’s Twitter feed here.

I get by with a little help from my friends… and a photoillustration

Philip Maramba, managing editor of the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail,  wrote to…

…pass along a copy of our front page from [Wednesday] I thought you might like.

We were doing a story on distracted walking, where people on smartphones in particular aren’t paying attention to what they’re doing.

The editorial staff was trying to think of ways of how to illustrate this, when a light bulb came on.

Their idea: To riff on the Beatles’ classic Abbey Road album cover from 1969:

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Here’s what they came up with:

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And here’s how they used it on the front of Wednesday’s paper:

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Philip writes:

With a little more puzzling, we probably could have come up with a stronger hed, but I thought the centerpiece worked out OK.

Photography was by our Tom Hindman, with layout by the soon-to-be-departed Steven Gill.

And, in the end, the page you make is equal to the photoillustration you take.

Find the story here by Marcus Constantino.

Average daily circulation for the Daily Mail is 17,879.

The 12 Days of Christmas, told via outstanding Christmas Day poster front pages

Hardly anyone runs out and buys a paper from a newstand or a convenience store on Christmas Day. So no matter what you do — no matter what you put above the fold — it’s unlike you’re going to push up single-copy sales on Christmas Day.

For that reason, some papers will essentially “blow off” their typical page-one presentation strategy on this day and give readers a bit of a Christmas Card-like gift for the holiday with a giant poster-page treatment featuring photography or an illustration.

Over the years, I’ve tried to shed a spotlight some of the better examples. Here is this year’s installment…


“TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING

TIMES TRIBUNE
Scranton, Pa.
Circulation: 47,663

Perhaps the day’s most spectacular poster front — certainly the day’s largest — is this enormous illustration by Times-Tribune staffer Bob Sanchuk that wrapped around the paper in Scranton today.

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Click on that — or any page here today — for a larger look.

The illustration evokes old times, winter weather and the Polar Express. In addition, of course, to being downright gorgeous.

Find more of Bob’s work here.


ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING”

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Santa Ana, Calif.
Circulation: About 160,000

My friends and ex-colleages at the Orange County Register created yet another fun Christmas Day photoillustration for today’s page one:

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That’s Santa, setting up a tree and lighting a bonfire on Huntington Beach. Leonard Ortiz made the photo and Karen Kelso art-directed the shoot. Sitting the door of the trailer is Jitterbug, the dog of copy editor Maryanne Dell.

UPDATE: 6:45 p.m.

Karen writes on her Facebook page that she also art directed the front page of the Register’s sister paper, the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

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That picture was shot by Press-Enterprise staffer Terry Pierson. For some reason, that’s not the page that showed up in the Newseum today.

These guys have teamed up in the past for previous treatments. Here was the one they did for 2011:

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Karen said she really hated dealing with the reindeer for the 2012 page. Dirty nasty animal, she said.

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And this is the one they built for last year.

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Brilliant work. Definitely worth tooting your pipes for.


TEN LORDS A-LEAPIN’

PLAIN DEALER
Cleveland, Ohio
Circulation: 246,571

This front page photo of a real, live singing angel was enough to make me leap for joy today.

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Not only is it gorgeous… not only does it perfectly illustrate the season… but also, it was shot live last night during a Christmas Eve pageant. Staffer Lisa DeJong made the picture.


NINE LADIES DANCING

DAILY PRESS
Newport News, Va.
Circulation: 57,642

My friends at the Daily Press have been doing the relocation dance this month, moving into new digs in Newport News, Va.

Their full-page poster treatment today not only illustrates the season but also highlights their new building.

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Note how the sign on the side of the building does double-duty today as the paper’s nameplate. Nice.

The picture is by staffer Adrin Snider.


EIGHT MAIDS A-MILKING

OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Circulation: 130,177

To find maids a-milking, we’ll head to the farmlands of the Midwest.

For its Christmas Day treatment, the Oklahoman today milked the old holiday tradition of a snowglobe.

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This attractive illustration is credited to staffers Steve Boaldin and Todd Pendleton.

Steve and Todd did a great job with their snowglobe. But Sean McKeown-Young of the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa, has cornered the market on snowglobes. He’s been building Christmas Day pagetoppers based on snow globe imagery for the past two years. This year, however…

I went a little nuts.

Sean builds his snowglobes to include imagery from each city. He reused the globes he’s built for Gannett’s Wisconsin papers, including Appleton…

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…Fond du Lac…

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…Green Bay…

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…Manitowoc…

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…Marshfield…

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…Oshkosh…

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…Sheboygan…

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…Stevens Point…

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…Wausau…

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…and Wisconsin Rapids.

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This year, Sean added snowglobe treatments for Des Moines, Iowa…

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…Iowa City…

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…Sioux Falls, S.D. …

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…Springfield, Mo. …

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…and a whole bunch of papers further south. Sean tells us:

We used one basic Louisiana snowglobe…

…for Alexandria…

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…Baxter…

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…Lafayette…

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…Monroe…

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…Opelousas…

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…and Shreveport…

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SEVEN SWANS A-SWIMMING

THE EAGLE
Wichita, Kansas
Circulation: 67,250

I’m certain it had been done before, but I first noticed Christmas Day poster treatments by watching the Wichita Eagle. They’ve been doing this sort of thing longer than most papers and they do it as well as anyone.

Here is this year’s gorgeous swan of a front-page Christmas card to readers.

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Unfortunately, the photo isn’t credited.


SIX GEESE A-LAYING

THE GAZETTE
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Circulation: 70,021

If you’re gong to fill the role of a goose a-laying, then you might as well lay golden eggs.

That’s just what the Colorado Springs Gazette did today with this photo of Santa greeting kids, shot from outside a window.

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The photo is credited to staffer Jerilec Bennett.


FIVE GOLDEN RINGS

A number of papers chose to illustrate page one today with religious-themed imagery. Taking the place of golden rings today are two of the better ones…

HERALD-JOURNAL
Spartanburg, S.C.
Circulation: 31,940

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg, S.C., typically runs large art of a stained glass window on its Christmas Day front. They went sideways with today’s version.

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My only beef with this page: There’s no credit. I suspect this window — gorgeous as it is — is from a cathedral in Europe. But with no cutline or credit, we’ll never know.

THE HUTCHINSON NEWS
Hutchinson, Kansas
Circulation: 25,722

The Hutchinson News also has a Christmas Day tradition: It makes a full-page Christmas card out of classic paintings from long ago.

This year’s painting is 479 years old.

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Note the nudity. I think you’ll find that unusual for a small-town newspaper.


FOUR CALLING BIRDS

DAILY SUN
The Villages, Fla.
Circulation: 44,624

Yesterday, I highlighted a really fun Christmas Eve page from my friends at the Villages Daily Sun.

Today, they fill the spot of calling birds with this gorgeous illustration of Santa, drifting through the sky with balloons of love.

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The art was not credited, so I asked executive editor Bonita Burton about it. She replies:

It was a mashup I did of stock images.

If you ever feel you can’t possibly build a poster front with stock images, please come back and look at this example.


THREE FRENCH HENS

NEWS-JOURNAL
Longview, Texas
Circulation: 24,481

Sometimes, simpler is better.

No, strike that. Often, simpler is better.

Taking the place of simple French hens today is the News-Journal of Longview, Texas, which illustrated the tale of the birth of Christ from the New Testament with a very simple illustration of the wise men, following the birth star through the desert.

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The art is listed only as a staff illustration.


TWO TURTLE DOVES

DAILY NEWS
New York, N.Y.
Circulation: 579,636

Doves are symbols of peace — appropriate for this holiday and especially for the troubled social and political times we live in.

So filling the role of turtle doves today is the New York Daily News, which delighted me this morning with this wonderful photoillustration.

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Outstanding.

Unfortunately, it’s not credited.


AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE

The final spot in our Christmas Day countdown of the day’s most remarkable pages — the partridge in a pear tree — will be played today by a pair of pages that are not poster pages but still interesting treatments of note.

COLORADOAN
Fort Collins, Colo.
Circulation: 19,864

The paper in Fort Collins, Colo., today did a story on ugly Christmas sweaters. To illustrate that, they dressed staffers in the ugliest sweaters they could find.

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The story is by Erin Udell. The portraits are by Erin Hull.

CLARION-LEDGER
Jackson, Miss.
Circulation: 57,710

Remember what I said about simpler being better? After the visual Christmas dinner feast you’ve enjoyed here today, let’s go in an opposite direction for our dessert: This gorgeously simple treatment from the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss.

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The Clarion-Ledger asked staffers to write personalized stories about the holidays and Christmas traditions. Note that the little tree art is made of little quote boxes — what cartoonists call dialogue balloons.

Gorgeous stuff. Once again, sadly, it’s not credited.


PLUS, A LITTLE SOMETHING OF MY OWN

In all the years I’ve been posting roundups of Christmas Day pages, I’ve never had one of my own to post.

Until today…

ADVOCATE
Victoria, Texas
Circulation: 26,531

Ten years ago today, it snowed in Victoria. In fact, the town got 12.5 inches between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

That was pretty unusual. It’s snowed only 18 times in the 100+ years the National Weather Service has collected data in this city. The 12.5 inches was the greatest 24-hour snowfall this area has ever seen. The fact that it happened on Christmas and then pretty much melted off quickly afterwards was a big bonus.

We at the Advocate commemorated the tenth anniversary of this with an eight-page special section in today’s paper plus a big poster front on page one.

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We didn’t really have a lot of file photos of the snow. That picture of the town square here in Victoria was shot by Miguel Luna, who was a staffer here at the time.

Side note: Check out the little daily bug at the bottom of the page showing local gas prices. They’re below $2 a gallon here. WooHoo!

But, back to the snow…

Several weeks ago — long before I arrived here — the Advocate began running items in the paper reminding readers it had been ten years since this snow and asking them to send in their snapshots and their memories via email, Facebook or whatever. And dozens did.

We used this in our local section today. We pushed all the usual B-section material into the A-section and opened up eight full pages for readers’ memories.

I built another big display for page B1, using the same typography and color scheme, plus another photo by Miguel Luna — this one, of Victoria’s historic old county courthouse.

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The secondary art was contributed by a reader. Staffer Natassia Bonyanpour wrote the nice essay for the front.

On the inside, pages two and three were both black-and-white. I tried to pick only photos I thought might reproduce well with no color. The Glass family of Victoria sent in a very nice collection of pictures, so I ganged five of them for a visual sidebar at the top of page three.

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I used another of Miguel’s photos for the snowman cutout on the left side of the spread.

Also, note the page headers. How often can you use that song in this area? Not very. So I thought that would make a nice running gag throughout the section.

Pages four and five was the color doubletruck. I sidestepped any possible production headaches by building two facing pages instead of filling the gutter.

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Here, I used only the best, clearest, and highest-resolution pictures we were sent. The one at upper right — “Wyatt’s first Christmas” in the nearby town of Goliad — was professional portrait quality. Building a section like this is a lot easier when you have top-notch ingredients like this.

Also, note the “Lawnmower powered sled” picture at upper left. That makes a lot of sense: We’re very close to the Gulf of Mexico and the land here is very flat. How else are you going to use a sled?

Across the bottom of both pages, I cooked up a little timeline graphic showing the 18 snowfalls in Victoria history, going back 125 years.

Now that I had established a nice flow of stories and some gorgeous visuals, I used the next two black-and-white pages to display the nicest art I could find that would play well without color. On page six, below left, I played off the “beautiful sight” lyric by going with landscape shots.

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Note the take on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas poem sent in by one reader at upper left.

On page seven, above right, I tried to mix some of the more interesting and unusual pictures readers sent us: A cow in the snow. Towels, frozen on the clothesline. A man who, to this day, has kept a bag of 2004 snow in his freezer.

For the color back page: Yes, I went there.

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Although I had used a few snowman pictures on pages two and three, I ganged 12 more of them here. A couple of the pictures here were awfully murky. But combined with several others, they didn’t seem so bad.

I hadn’t really intended to build the entire section myself. But when I found our lead designer and our lead copy editor were planning to come in on their days off to work on this project, I urged them to take their days off. Thanks to all that experience I gained this year building photo pages every other Monday at the Orange County Register, I could knock this out myself.

The parallel to my OC Register work is even stronger when you consider I’m still not yet up-and-running on our editorial system here. I built all nine pages the same way I built my Focus pages in California: In Adobe Illustrator. We saved the finished pages as EPS files and then plopped them into place as full-page images.

Lead designer Kimiko Fieg then returned the favor Tuesday night by building a sports front for Sunday I had intended to work up on Christmas Eve. Which, in turn, made Wednesday a very easy day for me. This reciprocal gift-giving was quite nice.

With the exception of my own pages from Victoria, all these pages are from the Newseum.

Previous Christmas Day page roundups:

The coolest Christmas Eve page of the day

Colin Smith, managing editor for innovation at the Daily Sun of the Villages, Fla., writes:

I thought I’d pass along this front page we published today in The Villages Daily Sun. It was super-enjoyable to put together, and it was the first front page I’ve done in a while — it’s definitely the most fun I’ve had.

This is our attempt to create a news-y breakdown of the recently declassified NORAD documents about Santa Claus.

Click this for a much larger look:

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I augmented the NORAD information with some of the most recent theories about how Santa Claus delivers all those presents on Christmas Eve (Quantum mechanics! Ion shields! Resonance curves!)…

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…and paired it with a woodcut illustration created in Illustrator based on an actual 1800s sleigh patent.

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Fun facts: The patent date of June 28, 1870 is the actual date Christmas was officially recognized as a Federal holiday…

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…and patent number 104, 111 and the ASCII codes for H and O respectively.

As a finishing touch, Bonita Burton, who was instrumental in planning and steering the project, really helped me massage the display copy to create the proper mood for the page.

Fun touches included the amount of caloric energy Santa requires to deliver gifts…

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…and a quick look at the jolly ol’ guy himself.

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Colin tells us:

Anyway, I had a ton of fun putting this page together and thought you might get a kick out of it.

Happy holidays, Merry Christmas and have a wonderful new year!

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A 2000 graduate of the University of Southern California, Colin spent six years as presentation editor of the Salt Lake Tribune before moving to the Gannett Design Studio in Phoenix in 2011. He helped his pal Josh Awtry redesign two papers in two years: The Times-News of Twin Falls, Idaho, in 2011 and then the Coloradoan of Fort Collins in 2012. He created much of the structure for the Arizona Republic‘s redesign back in April.

Colin moved to Florida in June. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.

An emotional moment makes for a powerful A1 photo

Early Tuesday, Nov. 25 — only hours after I arrived in town and before we took possession of our new apartment here in Victoria, Texas — a family in the nearby small town of Edna experienced unspeakable horror.

Their trailer home caught fire. The father, 30-year-old Johnny Hernandez Jr. — literally picked up his girlfriend, Annabel Ortiz and their four-year-old son and threw them out a window. But the rest of the family — five children ranging in ages from 5 to 15 — died.

The community has rallied around the family in a big way. They’ve collected donations and started GoFundMe accounts in the names of the family and the children. The town held a memorial service Saturday in the football stadium — I’m guessing it’s the largest meeting place in Edna.

However, the night before, the Edna High School Cowboys won a quarterfinal playoff game against a former district opponent, Hallettsville, 28-21. It was an emotional win for the team and the entire town. And especially for the grieving parents of Noah Ortiz, who had been one of the team’s outstanding players and who died with his brothers and sisters in the fire.

The Victoria Advocate‘s Alex McDougall — a photo intern from the University of Oregon — shot the game Friday night. He tells us:

Going into Edna’s fourth round playoff game against Hallettsville I knew it would be an emotional game for the Cowboys. I covered their practice earlier in the week and knew a cross bearing Noah Ortiz’s number would be on the sideline along with his helmet.

What I didn’t know is that his parents would be in attendance.

As Edna began celebrating their down-to-the-wire victory I noticed an emotional man bringing the cross onto the field to join the celebration.

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Players rushed over to embrace Johhny Hernandez and offered teary words of encouragement to the grieving father.

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There were moments happening all over the place so I was frantically running around trying to capture as many as I could.

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I continued following him as he was joined by his girlfriend Annabel Ortiz, Noah’s mother, and sang the Edna fight song with the team.

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Among the shots Alex came back with was this one, of Annibel Ortiz, head-to-head with her son’s helmet.

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Outstanding work. The Advocate‘s presentation editor, Kimiko Fieg, felt so, too. She ripped up the top half of page one and rebuilt everything around the picture.

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Note how Kimiko took down the size of the nameplate in order to keep the visual emphasis on the emotion in the photo.

Outstanding work by both Kimiko and Alex. Alex tells us:

It was an emotional and muted celebration as the team celebrated their victory while reflecting on their fallen teammate.

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A 2013 graduate of the University of Oregon, Alex served as photo editor and social media editor of the student paper there, the Daily Emerald. He’s also interned at the Bend, Oregon, Bulletin and the Post Register of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.

His internship here ends in January. Just sayin’…

Small paper in Montrose, Colo., seeks copy editor/paginator

Justin Joiner, managing editor of the Daily Press of Montrose, Colo, writes:

We are looking for a paginator/copy editor to make our pages shine. We are a small, six-day newspaper in beautiful Montrose, Colorado.

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What we lack in size, we make up for in flexibility. We don’t put our designers in a box or ask them to fill in page templates. They have the freedom to take chances, make mistakes and produce award-winning pages. As a paginator for small paper, our designer will design the front page and section fronts every day.

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We will be going through a needed redesign in the coming months and are looking for someone who wants to be involved in that process.

Montrose is located on the Western Slope of Colorado about an hour south of Grand Junction.

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Nearly surrounded by mountains, Montrose is an outdoor-lovers paradise. In less than an hour, you can fish gold medal waters, kayak one of several rivers, hike a 14-er or hunt trophy elk.

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It doesn’t really snow much in Montrose. The place has an arid climate: It gets 245 days of sunshine and only nine inches of precipitation per year. The rainly season is June through August.

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Among the movies filmed in or near Montrose were How the West Was Won (the movie, not the TV show), Dog the Bounty Hunter and True Grit (the original 1969 version). The video game Homefront is set in Montrose.

Find the Montrose municipal web site here and its tourism web site here. Find the paper’s web site here.

Justin says interested parties…

…can send in a resume and clips of their work to:

editor [at] montrosepress.com

Small chain of Nebraska weeklies seeks hub design director

Monday, I wrote about Lyndsey Nielsen, who left the Gannett Design Studio in September and will return in January in an expanded role.

The job she held for just three months sounds like a super opportunity for someone out there. Lyndsey tells us:

They need someone just as awesome — if not more awesome — to fill my shoes.

The job is for Design Director at a yet-to-be-established design studio with Enterprise Publishing in Blair, Neb. The person hired would be a part of the creation process of a studio with the end goal of designing 12 weeklies in the northeastern Nebraska/western Iowa region. Right now, the Washington County Pilot-Tribune, Washington County Enterprise and Arlington Citizen are all put together at the newsroom in Blair.

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The process and timeline of rolling in the other newspapers is largely up to the person hired, so it’s kind of what you make it.

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As for Enterprise Publishing, I have had nothing but good experiences with the people here and the things I’ve been able to do. I have designed special sections, doubletrucks and posters, as well as given their existing newspapers a more bold and cohesive look.

Enterprise prides itself on being a fun environment with a friendly atmosphere. This is a family-owned company in its sixth generation of ownership. It is located in Blair, a small town just north of Omaha. It’s ideal for anyone wanting to live a small-town life. But there is also the option of living in the big city and driving the short commute to Blair for work.

I would have stayed to do this all myself, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity back in Des Moines.

Here is the full  job post:

Do you love getting laid off? How about hearing those “newspapers are dead” comments? Ever dreamt of being a faceless number in a big design studio?

Didn’t think so! Bring your talent, experience and passion for design to our company.

Enterprise Publishing Co. in Blair, Neb., is in search of a game changer. We are bucking industry trends and investing in people. We want a creative, positive leader to help build our page design studio. Our plan is to grow the team to take on more of our company’s publication layout as we focus on having staff do what they do best, with designers designing and reporters reporting. This studio is separate from our art department.

At Enterprise Publishing, you’ll know your bosses. We have been a family-owned company for six generations. We own 12 community papers in Nebraska and Iowa in addition to our Specialized Marketing Division.

We offer competitive pay, paid vacation and benefits.

Blair is located in Washington County, the third-wealthiest county in Nebraska. Our population is growing, and our economy is strong. We are just 25 minutes from shopping, restaurants, nightlife and other entertainment in Omaha, but we don’t have the traffic, crime and noise of the big city.

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Tell us why you should work for us. Previous design experience required for applicants to be considered. Leadership experience also a plus. Contact Managing Editor Katie Rohman with your resume, a link to your portfolio and three professional references at:

editor [at] enterprisepub.com

No calls, please. EOE.

‘Strike the pose’

Rob Romig, director of graphics at the Register-Guard of Eugene, Ore., directs our attention to his paper’s sports front today…

…in which Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota inadvertently strikes the Heisman pose against rival Oregon State.

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You know the line by heart now: When you have a terrific picture, Run it big and get the hell out of its way.

That’s just what Rob did here, along with his colleague Tom Penix. The photo is by staffer Brian Davies.

Average daily circulation for the Register-Guard is 53,812.

Headline + photo disconnect generates reaction from angry readers

I did not watch the Ole Miss vs. Auburn game this weekend and I’m very glad I didn’t.

Auburn was leading 35-31 late in the game when Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell pulled in a long pass and dashed toward the end zone. He broke two tackles and then was caught just inches shy of a touchdown by Auburn linebacker Chris Frost. Treadwell coughed up the ball, which bounced across the goal line.

The referees ruled the play a touchdown but then, after a video review, called it a fumble. Auburn wins. But during the official replay review, Ole Miss staffers worked on Treadwell, who was in great pain after Frost had rolled onto his leg.

That injury turned out to be a gruesomely broken leg. A photo of Treadwell, just at the point where his leg snapped, was played huge across the sports front of the Sunday Opelika Auburn News.

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My first thought when I saw this: Oh, my God. They’re rubbing in the injury.

My second thought: That can’t possibly be intentional. No newspaper is that stupid.

Turns out, my second thought was correct. The headline was meant to be a reference to the amazing ways Auburn keeps pulling out victories from certain defeat. The problem here is that the headline doesn’t play well with that particular photo.

Now, the photo itself is horrific enough. Granted, that’s the key moment of the game. But…

  • …an easy argument can be made that the picture doesn’t pass “the breakfast test” — that old rule of thumb we used to use decades ago: If you can’t look at it or read it comfortably over your Raisin Bran and orange juice, then don’t put it in the paper.
  • If you do decide you must use that photo, then consider using it smaller or downpage or even inside.
  • If you do decide to use it big on page one… then you sure as hell want to police the area around it. You certainly do not want to run it below that particular headline.

The paper was swamped with angry comments from readers who felt the paper didn’t handle the horrific injury with sensitivity. An unsigned editorial posted on the paper’s web site Sunday night explained the use of the photo and apologized for the unfortunate headline treatment:

The picture, shot during the final minutes of Saturday’s game between Auburn and Ole Miss, shows Treadwell just before he fumbles the football, with his left ankle contorted. Treadwell suffered a season-ending injury on the play. It was a horrific occurrence, though it’s important to remember that it was a legal play. Many fans watching the game on national television certainly turned their heads during the replays.

However, it was also one of the most crucial plays in a contest between two top-five college football teams. The picture is gut-wrenching. It also tells the story. That’s why we chose to run it. As journalists, our primary job is to report what happens – whether by words or photos. Often, what we write or publish is unpleasant. Regarding the photo, this was one of those instances. We did not intend to glorify Treadwell’s injury or offend any reader. To any person hurt by our editorial decision, we apologize.

Our staff has already spent several hours discussing Sunday’s decisions, and we’ll continue to do that in the next few days. If we could redesign Sunday’s 1B again, we would. One thing we would do is use a different headline. We chose “FINDING A WAY” because after the game, numerous players and coaches discussed how the team keeps fighting and finding a way to win difficult games, such as those against Ole Miss, South Carolina and Kansas State.

The headline was not meant to celebrate Treadwell’s injury. No true fan takes pleasure in the injury. It was a terrible ending for one of the best games of the season, regardless of one’s collegiate allegiances. Our newspaper joins fans throughout America in wishing Treadwell a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are also with his family.

Average daily circulation of the Opelika Auburn News is 14,339

Thanks to Kristin O. Williams for the tip.

More school shooting coverage by the Everett, Wash., Daily Herald

Monday, we took a look at pages from the Everett, Wash., Daily Herald in the wake of Friday’s school shooting.

Daily Herald editor Neal Pattison told us:

We are the nearest paper to the school and worked on the stories and the pages with a keen awareness that the families of kids at that school would be looking at these images and reading these headlines on Saturday morning.

Neal and his staff used similar restraint for Sunday’s second-day coverage. The story of the day was the way the community was pulling together to grieve for the two dead teens — including the shooter — and the three who were still in the hospital in critical condition.

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The lead picture on Sunday’s page one was by staffer Mark Mulligan.

The lead news story was by Kari Bray and Rikki King. The sidebar by Andrew Gobin addressed the background of the shooter.

The picture on the jump page was by Ian Terry

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…as was the picture across the way of a vigil at a local church.

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The sidebar by Julie Muhlstein warned readers that the answer to everyone’s question — Why? — might be a long time coming. A tips box offered help to parents whose kids might be suffering with grief.

On Sunday, one of the three students in critical condition died from her injuries. Also on Sunday, a community meeting was held at the school. It was the first time many of the students had seen each other since the shootings.

Here’s the way all that came together for Monday’s front page.

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The pictures were by staffer Kevin Clark.

The mainbar was by Chris Winters. Chris and Kari Bray teamed up on the sidebar that went into the plusses and minuses of social media when a tragedy like this strikes a small community.

The four pictures on page three were also by Kevin Clark.

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Today’s front page shows progress made in the investigation of what happened Friday. The sheriff’s department says the shooter asked his friends to meet him for lunch before he shot them.

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The mainbar is by Diana Hefley.

The town is wearing red to show support for the school. Eric Stevick, Rikki King and Andrea Brown write about that at the bottom right of page one.

The Herald also today updated readers on the status of the victims.

Average daily circulation for the Daily Herald is 46,481.

More pages from this paper here in the blog…