DOONESBURY 10.17.12. ‘Nuff said.
Thanks to Patsy Pelton for sending this along.
BRIAN OFFERS US a look at two facing pre-election pages he prepared for The Casket in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
FROM BRIAN: Here are some pages from this week’s (OCT 17) edition. They are part of our coverage of this weekend’s municipal election. This is the first time we have done the spotlights so there is room for improvement. Now that I think of it I wish we had referred the spotlights on page 1.
FROM ED: Yeah, I wish you had referred these off page 1, too! Despite some nits, overall it’s a well-done package that’s a strong service to your readers.
Some points to consider:
1. I wish both pages had had color. But, sometimes…”Ya gotta dance wit da girl whut brung ya.”
2. The jump is distracting. I’d have worked to put it elsewhere.
3. The mug shots on the left page are placed adjacent to the copy, while those on the rightare notched into the text. That’s inconsistent.
4. I’m not a fan of round-cornered boxes (top left on first page), and I think the rule is too wide…and the drop shadow is too heavy. Same with the drop shadows on the mug shots. Less is more.
5. With all the good work here, it’s disappointing that you didn’t place this package on a double-truck spread. It would have “held together” better.
Despite these points, I think this is a really good shot at it and I applaud the effort.
HERE’S A CHALLENGE to the rest of you: Send in your pre-election pages as the next few days roll by. Let’s take a look at what you’re doing in this important election season.
A FEW WEEKS AGO, I posted a page from Michelle Green at The Monadnock Shopper News. Her original page is at left. Michelle created two revises, center and right, and sent them as updates. This is how this blog works: We help each other with our comments, criticisms, witticisms and occasional smarty-pants utterances. And just once in a while, it drives us to do better work. I love it when that happens!
FROM MICHELLE: Hi Ed. Thanks for your recent recommendations for improving my Autumn Section page. As you suggested, I redid it as a learning experience, incorporating your ideas. (The link to that post.)
Then I read Dana and Marc’s suggestions in the comments (thanks!), and redid it again, trying to incorporate their recommendations. I notice that I still have three different column widths on one of the pages (something Marc points out) but I was unsure how to fix it on that page. I enjoyed trying the one column stories down the left side of the page. Our paper is usually a 7 column format, so to make the row of stories work, I changed this page to 5 columns wide.
FROM JOSH DEWBERRY comes this weird and scary photo of…well, Josh tells it better:
FROM JOSH: Here’s a Halloween-y Hot Shot for the blog, if you’d care to use it. The decoration in the chair scared the snot out of me because at first glance I thought it was a person watching the firefighters work, and after doing a double take, realized it was, in fact, an evil clown.
OMINOUS ONLOOKER: A spooky Halloween decoration sits in the front yard of Ricky Ward’s residence on Butler Street as Excel firefighters work to extinguish a blaze that gutted the brick home Tuesday night. The cause of the fire is unclear. For more information see Page 3A. (Photo by Josh Dewberry)
Send in your photos for Hot Shots. We’ll post them…you’ll get the credit!
“WE GOTTA start thinkin’ about those holiday listings again. We’ll begin runnin’ those in just a couple weeks now.” “Yeah, right.” Let’s get Mary puttin’ them together in the system and then we’ll decide on a way to run them so they all get in.” “OK…but what’re we gonna do about art for the package?” “Whaddaya mean?” “Well, we’re running listings of things that are gonna happen. How are we gonna take a picture of something that hasn’t happened yet? And you know how Bob always insists that we have a photo in the listings so the page doesn’t go gray…” “Well, we don’t have to have a picture, as you say, of something that hasn’t happened yet.” “So, then, what do we do for a photo?” “Simple…go into the files and grab a photo from one of the events last year…then just run it with a caption explaining it’s a last-year event and there will be others like it this year, too.” “Oh…yeah…that should work.” “Yep.”