Editing and Design F’08

December 9, 2008

Newspaper design concepts + color use

Filed under: Uncategorized — stinetran @ 4:15 am

newspaper I’ve been looking through various newspaper design websites and have been looking for tips to make a good photo page and ran into this illustration. It seemed like a useful and easy reference so I decided to post it. Some aspects the website emphasized for newspaper design were balance, contrast, rhythm, unity and harmony.

Also, I’ve been doing research on color used in newspapers and the boldest and most colorful newspaper that comes to mind is USA TODAY. What do you all think about audiences being attracted to old-school newspapers like New York Times versus colorful graphic-filled publications like USA TODAY? Are people more attracted to the bundles of text NY Times offers or the pictures and signature graphs in the bottom left of USA TODAY?

-Christine Tran


Defamation in Italy

Filed under: Uncategorized — kmajew @ 4:14 am

While looking for something to blog about I came across this article from newyorktimes.com: I searched their archives for recent articles about libel and came across this: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/02/world/europe/02italy.html.

This article, from Tuesday, discusses the libel laws in Italy and the prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi‘s, habit over suing journalists. In Italy “journalists often play fast and loose with the facts and the legal system is devised to protect personal honor” says the article. Furthermore, Italian law mandates that “even printing that someone has been investigated can be tantamount to defamation.”

In fact, journalists are sued so often especially by politicians and public figures that the Italian National Press Federation has a “’solidarity fund’ to help with legal fees and damages.”

Alexander Stille, “America’s best-known Italianist” according to the article, is critical of the actions of Berlusconi. Stille contends “that the point is not to win a judgment as much as to intimidate journalists and news outlets with the prospect of a lengthy and expensive court proceeding if they write something unfavorable.” Stille is currently being sued by a close associate to the prime minister.

After reading the article do you think the fault is on the part of careless journalism? Or sue-happy politicians? How do the Italian media differ from ours? Is there a difference in the public’s relationship with media?

Graduation-prompted question…

Filed under: Uncategorized — jesstobrazil @ 4:02 am

Working under the assumption that I am going to pass all of my classes, I will be graduating in January. This is exciting, terrifying, relieving, and daunting. With each passing day, the number of answers to the infamous “What next?” question dwindles. I know I don’t want to work in newspapers – too many deadlines, too stressful, and I am far too opinionated (and stubborn). I would love to work in magazines, preferably a food magazine. I used to want to work in the music industry, but that’s another subject about which I have too many opinions and too much integrity. Oops. I could definitely do the DJ thing though – just not for a commercial station.

In which aspect of the journalistic world would you like to work? TV, print, online, radio? Have any advice for someone who is passionate about dying industries? Haha.

-Jessica Perry

Magazines of the future?

Filed under: Uncategorized — laurward72 @ 3:57 am


I am personally very engrossed in the magazine industry, always have been, but it is shocking and disappointing to me  to read articles like this.  I mean common sense would say if all sorts of businesses, including journalism, are moving to the internet, as an editor-in-chief I would make sure I had the best online team I could gather and work to make a new, creative and innovative website.   In common with the post earlier about Rolling Stones front page layout, I find it so disappointing that a magazine that was once such a significant part of our culture is complacently fading into the background.

Because Rolling Stone is making a concious effort not to distrupt its print by advancing online it makes me wonder if there any other mediums doing the same?

I can’t imagine this is the right direction to go in and am very interested in the long term outcome of such a decision.

The future of journalism?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jesstobrazil @ 3:43 am

There has been talk of the future of print journalism in the changing technological climate, and I think this is an excellent example of fusing technology and community journalism. I learned about this is another class. Check it out!

Current TV

This 24-hour channel is only available in cable and satellite packages at the moment. I know I have it on Dish Network at home. Users submit their own content and people vote for what goes on the air. As you watch the channel, you never know what is coming on next since the videos are only clips and don’t run in half-hour increments.

I think this is a really cool way for citizens to participate in the media. I am not familiar with the screening and editing processes of these videos, but I think it uniquely blends art, journalism, and technology in a fun and approachable way. Like a real-life YouTube. Which is kind of scary, but also kind of neat.

-Jessica Perry

Sewage Dog? or Bad Photo Placement?

Filed under: Uncategorized — rpoloski @ 3:30 am

I found a blog where a man talked about the layout of his local paper and how the prominent placement of the photo under the main headline could confuse reader to think there was a “sewage dog.”  The photo of the paper is below, but the print is small so I will tell you what the dog was really there for.  It was Chocolate Fest 2007 and Rogers Chocolates created this dog to display and it was made of 160 kilograms of chocolate.  Sounds yummy, but when placed below a headline “Esquimalt balks at sewage options” it doesn’t look as appetizing.  

The man who posted the blog commented on how it could (although far fetched) lead readers to believe that in Victoria, where all these sewage debates are going on, some coalition or another could have created a new sewage mascot for the campaign.  I thought that in the worst scenario people could think the dog was made out of actual sewage.

Another funny thing to think about this brown dog placed prominently below the headline is the reaction of Rogers Chocolates when they looked through the paper that morning.  As the blogger wrote, they must have been relieved “they decided not to sculpt a caterpillar.”


Chocolate dog placed right under sewage headline making readers guess what the dog is made of.

Chocolate dog placed right under sewage headline making readers guess what the dog is made of.

Open ‘panel discussion’ via Seesmic discusses journalism industry

Filed under: Uncategorized — rpoloski @ 2:49 am


  I was looking at this website called Online Journalism Blog and wanted to share it with the class after our talk today about the job market for journalists.  This website basically is a blog for journalists to go on and talk about the issues they face every say.  

  The questions being asked here is:  “Should journalism degrees still prepare students for the news industry that doesn’t want them?”  The thing I liked most about the website was it’s interactive experiment that allows teachers, students and anyone interested in journalism to post videos of themselves talking about the industry now.  There are many more blogs to look at, but this one allows you to hear from other professionals or students like yourself.  You can make a video in response and hold a sort of “video conversation.”  If you post via YouTube, the author will still post the video and give a response, like the one found on the bottom of the page from Kevin Anderson.

  There is some really great advice from people and then the author gives his diagnosis of the problem going on that he has deduced from the material people have posted.  Hopefully this information is useful to everyone. 

One thing said in the videos I want to pass along (in case you never go) is from Anderson.  He said students need to realize that once they get their diploma “it is not the end of their career.”  I took this as hope to think, yes the industry is changing, but your diploma will get you somewhere, which will eventually get you to another job and you will keep learning through your experiences.  We may have to take the not-so-glamorous jobs now in order to get the one we really desire.  But no road will be a wasted one.

  P.S. I’m an optimist.  How do you feel?  Did the videos help you in any way to look at the situation in a better light?

Fifth Amendment, no First Amendment…

Filed under: Uncategorized — laurward72 @ 2:43 am


This seems like it could shape up to be a very interesting legal case, according to the article, the journalist is invoking the Fifth Amendment to avoid naming his sources.  I think this case could turn into something pretty significant just because of the topic and the prinicple of the situation and defense, as well as the plantiff’s case.

The article noted the 5th has never been used to defend a journalist, which begs the question is David Ashenfelter basically incriminating himself to something, but claiming protection from self-incrimination, or is he using a unique defense simply because this a unique journalism case, since it does not involve libel?

Simple design, easy on the eyes

Filed under: Uncategorized — rpoloski @ 2:17 am



From The Front Page Design Website on 12.02.08

From The Front Page Design Website on 12.02.08



While reading some of the blogs and commenting on them, I ran across one that spoke about the website http://www.frontpagedesign.com. I followed up my comment by checking out the website and looked at some of the more recent front page designs. There were actually a few that I thought they made a poor choice on calling the “best,” but this one was a favorite. Everyone should check the page out and see some of the creative ways newspapers are getting readers to focus on certain stories.


This page reminded me of the centerpiece assignment we each did on the election, and how was had to decide what images to use when confronted with so many. It is easy to want to use all the creative and flashy pictures but I think that The Plain Dealer in Cleveland did a great job of keeping the pictures conservative, but making an eye-catching front page. It really keeps the entire page sophisticated and well put together. The reason it was selected as BFD was because of its “thoughtful packaging and editing.”


The Economy section works well too with the divides that provide information about different subjects that have to do with the overall headline. I really thought it was just a fantastic page and is worth looking at along with some others. It is a simple way to provide the announcement of Obama’s national security team and it goes to show you don’t always have to get fancy. The cropping of each individual is uniform as well which makes it even more attractive.


The top of the page stands out as well and I thought the image of Anderson and how it was cut to be more rectangular was also creative. The use of color was helpful in making that story stand out even though there was a centerpiece.


What do other students think? Is the page too boring to you?

And the award goes to….

Filed under: Uncategorized — laurward72 @ 2:15 am

So, as of today the Pulitzer Prize committee will be accepting submissions for awards that are based in online content.  I know we hear and say it over and over that journalism is moving to the web, but I think this really seals the deal.  In a way its a final recognition of what has been happening for a few years now, a complete transformation of traditional news journalism.


“It’s a recognition that what really matters going into the future is the quality of the journalism; it’s not what form it’s delivered in,” Freivogel said.

This quote from the AP wire really expresses how those who ‘judge’ journalism are now viewing it.  While it is depressing to think of the upcoming challenges for those looking for a true journalistic job, I think in a way professional journalism will greatly improve.  The less jobs, only the best will survive and succeed in the industry, and a new age of Internet journalism will allow for an entirely unique way of delivering the news.  Just think back that there was a time when TV was unique and new and news wasn’t primarily delivered by news anchors.

Does anyone think or believe that the internet is going to bring an entirely new form to journalism?

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