‘Design is art.
Design can be aesthetics.
Design is so simple—
that’s why it is so complicated.’
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SOMETIMES WORDS just can’t do justice to an “unfortunate juxtaposition” of photo and headline like this one.
This is the front page of The State in Columbia, SC, on Sunday…the day after the South Carolina Gamecocks defeated Clemson for the fourth year in a row.
Either the designer wasn’t paying attention, or he/she is a Clemson fan.
MANY OF US in the news business think community newspapers have a strong and long future.
From the pages of The Sand Mountain Reporter, here’s another piece that’s very convincing.
Dolph Tillotson, executive vice president of Southern Newspapers, the group that owns The Sand Mountain Reporter, answers the question of why smaller newspapers are still finding success by reminding readers that community newspapers are, at the heart of the matter, telling stories that not only engage readers but continue to build communities.
“Smaller newspapers, like their big-city brothers, are struggling with change; however, it’s also true that community newspapers face a different and somewhat less daunting set of challenges than metro papers do,” said Tillotson. “Our enterprises are smaller and more manageable. Also, our markets are smaller, better defined and much easier to serve.”
If you work for a community newspaper, you’re going to want to read this.
JOSH DEWBERRY submits a pair of shots from the same fire. He preferred one, his bosses the other.
FROM JOSH: Here are a couple of photos from a recent restaurant fire in Monroeville. I really liked the image of the lone firefighter on his knees but was overruled by my editor and publisher and we ran the shot of the ladder truck. It printed well, though, and told the story better, I suppose.
FROM ED: I like them both. The roiling smoke in the top shot is fascinating and sets off the firefighter nicely. But…I agree that the bottom photo gives a better perspective on the fire.
Too bad you couldn’t use both.
SO HAPPY TO HEAR the good news that The Joplin Globe has received the 2012 “Newspaper of the Year” award from the Local Media Association, the national trade organization that represents more than 2,000 suburban and community newspapers.
Here’s what the judges had to say:
“The Joplin Globe serves its readers well with a comprehensive news report coupled with in-depth articles and features. ‘Faces of the Storm,’ a compilation of biographies and photos of all the 153 victims of the May tornadoes, is an especially noteworthy effort. Thoughtful design continues throughout the sections, and the advertising is modern and inviting. Headlines are appropriate in size and design and accurately written. This is a newspaper that is paying attention to its readers and its community.”
My heartiest congratulations to Editor Carol Stark, Design Editor Brent Fisher and the entire staff of The Joplin Globe!