Readers of the Times News in Kingsport and the Johnson City Press, both in Northeast Tennessee, saw new looks on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The redesigns of the Sandusky Newspaper Group papers are somewhat different but the goal is the same: Make them easier to read.
But it's not just the design that has changed; it's also the ways in which stories are told, according to Times News Publisher Rick Thomason, who is overseeing the project.
"Our redesigns aren't just about fonts, rebranding and colors," said Bill Ostendorf, president and founder of Creative Circle. "It's really about changing newsroom culture and creating content that is more relevant, more interesting and easier to read."MORE
For the Springfield (Mo.) Business Journal, Creative Circle launched a new site Aug. 14 at www.sbj.net along with an all-video sister site at sbjlive.net. SBJ switched its primary site from 1Up to Creative Circle in the transition. MORE
The Paducah (Ky.) Sun will transition to a new website this week. The plan is to bring the new site online Wednesday morning.MORE
The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet developed an algorithm guided partially by editors and partially by reader preferences that delivers a personalized home page for each website visitor. Editor-in-Chief Fredric Karén credits the technology with a significant boost in online traffic and digital subscriptions.MORE
Open discussion of issues is important to the general public. It's also important that newspapers have clear guidelines for those dialogues. View the guidelines set in place by the Galveston County Daily News.MORE
This week we explore a publishing platform that integrates story components in a unique way, and a startup that organizes news reports around historical context.MORE
This week we see how TwitterTrails evaluates the credibility of a rumor spreading in social media, and we learn how new tools are making it easier to extract data from websites.MORE
This week we learn about the work of viral content editors, and we see how public data can be pulled together to monitor the work of lawmakers.MORE
This week we learn about a collaboration to build an open-source commenting and discussion platform for news organizations, and we explore how the Verification Handbook can help inform the use of citizen-generated materials.MORE
The Sumter Item has introduced a new look that features two nameplates (for vertical and horizontal layout options on the front page), as well as a five-column grid for ads and editorial. In a few weeks, a new look is coming to its website, as well.MORE
Read about the latest job openings posted on the SNPA website. And, send us your listings to post at no cost.More
A client recently asked me to put together a presentation for his newspapers on nitty-gritty details that can make or break a design.
I came up with just a bit more than a couple dozen. But thinking about them more, I've now narrowed them down to a Top 10.
My thinking is that any one of these can make your design better, but leave one out and your design suffers.More
Join SNPA in Chapel Hill, N.C., for one of the most unique newspaper conference experiences you will take part in. The 2018 Carmage Walls Leadership Forum, set for Feb. 4-6, is designed specifically for executives from newspapers with circulations of 30,000 or less ... and the discussion format will maximize sharing among conference participants.
This year's program will be led by Tim Griggs and Steven King, who specialize in new revenue models for sustaining journalism. They will lead discussions about diversifying and growing ways to earn revenue, partnership possibilities, targeting content to meet audience needs, and strategies for moving occasional users into loyal, paying customers. You can't afford to miss this!
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