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February’s área-11 is online

The February edition of área-11 is now online.
The topics on this issue include:

  • ­ Al Día: a weekly newspaper “made in” Colombia and published in Philadelphia.
  • ­ The “Argentina Report” from Mauricio Gutiérrez, in which he writes about what we can expect from a visit to Buenos Aires at the workshop in 2009.
  • ­ Some information about “Lo mejor del Periodismo Visual Latinomericano,” a new competition for publications in Central and South America.

Adrian Alvarez reminds us to enjoy — and practice our Spanish!



J. Ford Huffman joins the Washington Post

J. Ford Huffman, formerly a deputy managing editor at USA Today, is set to join the Washington Post. The memo:

National is thrilled to announce the arrival of J. Ford Huffman, the longtime deputy managing editor for design of USA Today. J. Ford — a true legend in the newspaper design world and one of the founders of USA Today in the 1980s — will work with us to help transform the graphics and all kinds of visual display throughout the A section.

Working closely with Mike Keegan and everyone in News Art as well as Justin Ferrell, the new A section art director, and the rest of the A section design team, J. Ford has volunteered to jump right in and help us think in different ways about all of our visual storytelling.

He’s a terrific source of ideas (not to mention a wise counselor of what works, and what doesn’t), and eager to work closely with National’s editors and reporters to get things done. A longtime DC resident, J. Ford also just happens to be a veteran long-distance runner, currently training for his 23rd marathon…! Please join us in welcoming him.

Susan Glasser, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Bill Hamilton

WSJ returns to six-column front page

Talking Biz News points out that the Wall Street Journal front page changed from a 5-column format back to a 6-column format this Monday:

The Wall Street Journal, which has had a five-column front since a redesign that was unveiled at the beginning of 2007, has returned to a six-column front page.

The change took effect on Monday.Wall Street Journal

Here is a statement from the paper:

“The Journal decided to add a sixth column to the front page to provide editors design flexibility and slightly increase the amount of real estate dedicated to the major stories of the day. The previous five-column paper wasn’t as flexible and tended to limit the layout options available to editors.

“The decision to move to a six-column format is a change that has been given considerable thought since Marcus Brauchli took over as managing editor in April 2007.

“The ‘What’s News’ feature will continue to be two columns in the new format — Business and Finance, and World-Wide. The Journal will continue to provide its readers with art, graphs and charts as well as hedcuts in the new redesign. The front page ad unit will also remain intact.”

Mario Garcia, the architect of the last two redesigns of The Wall Street Journal said this week’s move was not unexpected:

“(T)his move… was always a subject of discussion, EVEN during our redesign workshops in 2006. I am not surprised, and I think they are doing a good job of implementing the type of front page that is active, energetic and that readers of today, used to busy home pages of online editions, like. Good move for the WSJ, for sure. I like the look and feel.”

SND names winners in first annual book cover contest

Left: Jay Fletcher’s winning soft-cover design.
Right: James Watts’ winning hard-cover design.

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but as plans crank up for the 29th annual SND creative competition (set to begin Feb. 9), the first ever competition to design the Society’s book cover has been judged, and the winners are…

Jay Fletcher, a staff artist at The Post and Courier in Charleston, SC, is the big winner of the Society for News Design‘s first cover competition. Fletcher’s cover will appear on SND’s version of the 29th Edition of The Best of Newspaper Design. The winners’ book will be available in early October and feature competition winners from the year 2007, according to C. Marshall Matlock, SND’s Competition Committee director.

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Goodbye blue at the Chicago Tribune

Click here (or on the image above) to download a high-rez PDF of the logos

The Blog noticed many papers getting narrower lately as the 48-inch web sweeps the nation. The Chicago Tribune is the most recent to make the transition, making the switch today (see the new front page below). The paper is using the format change to introduce other changes, perhaps the most noticeable: getting rid of the blue background on the Page 1 nameplate. Joe Knowles, the Tribune‘s AME for design and graphics took a few minutes to talk with The Blog about the changes:

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Newspapers in pop culture: The Sun in HBO’s The Wire

Newspapers have long been portrayed in movies and television, that’s not news. But HBO’s fifth and final season of The Wire will focus on the stories of Charm City’s darker sides through the prism of the newsroom of The Baltimore Sun. The paper has played a supporting role throughout the series, but this season will focus around the media, and the paper in particular, according to recent trailers and a special 30 minute preview aired on HBO this week.

According to Variety magazine “The Wire gets the newsroom right”

“The best look at newspapers in movies or TV? Hands down, the prize goes to ‘The Wire.’ “

According to HBO’s website:

“This season of ‘The Wire’ is based in large part on series creator David Simon’s experiences in 13 years at The Baltimore Sun. Simon decries recent trends in the newspaper industry that have conspired to make high-end journalism vulnerable: out-of-town chain ownership, an economic climate in which the share price of media companies matters more to industry leaders than the product itself, and a newsroom culture in which prizes, personal ambition and the cult of the “impact” story has replaced consistent and detailed coverage of complex issues as the primary goal.”

Before The Wire, Simon penned two books of narrative nonfiction, ‘Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets,’ which inspired the hit series ‘Homicide: Life on the Street,’ and ‘The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood,’ which inspired the Emmy(R)-winning HBO miniseries ‘The Corner.’

Michael Whitley promoted to AME Design at L.A. Times

(Clockwise from top left) Whitley, in an earlier, frosted era, showed the LAT how to inject a little temporary tattoo ‘tude. At the Boston SND conference, he displays his latest hat trick — a stunning Stanley Cup special section. Later at Boston, he and Tyson Evans brought the tech to the closing ceremonies once again.

Michael Whitley has been named Assistant Managing Editor for Design of the Los Angeles Times. He’ll oversee news, features, graphics and the magazine.

“I feel excited and slightly nervous,” said Michael.

Here is today’s memo announcing the news:

Dec. 18, 2007

From: John Arthur, managing editor
To: The Staff

I’m pleased to announce that Michael Whitley has been promoted to Assistant Managing Editor for Design, reporting to me.

Michael is known not only for his outstanding design skills and dignified attire — dark suits, round the clock — but for his easygoing manner, gracious collegiality, deep interest in photojournalism and in stories of all types. In his tenure at The Times, Michael has had a hand in some of the paper’s most important projects and consistently receives praise from colleagues for his high standards and ability to work as part of a team.

Michael joined The Times in April, 2003, as deputy design director for news after serving as team leader for news and projects at the Charlotte Observer for three years. In January, 2006, Michael was named design director for news, overseeing design for the A, California, Business and Sports sections.

Effective today, features design, graphics and magazine design will also will report to Michael. He inherits an incredibly talented group. From the the wonderful work done by Christian Potter-Drury and the features design department, Les Dunseith and the graphics department and Heidi Volpe and the magazine design department, The Times is recognized throughout the industry for both our high-quality journalism and the creative and intelligent ways we present it.

Before joining The Times, Michael was the projects designer at the San Diego Union-Tribune and the deputy design director for news and sports at the Copley Suburban Chicago Newspapers. His first newspaper job was at the Princeton (Ind.) Daily Clarion, an 8,000-circulation paper where he served as reporter, photographer, designer, sometimes plate-maker and even wrote a weekly column.

Michael is from Versailles, Ky., home to thoroughbred horse racing and Woodford Reserve Bourbon, both of which he enjoys in moderation. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville (Ind.) in journalism with specializations in photojournalism and investigative reporting.

Michael lives in Culver City with his wife, Jacqueline, and their dog, Reiley. For two years, the Design Department has reported to Deputy Managing Editor Melissa McCoy, who has ably juggled that assignment, leadership of the entire copy desk and a variety of other tasks. I want to thank Melissa for her contributions to the management of what is clearly one of the best design desks in American journalism. More interesting responsibilities will continue to come Melissa’s way!