Q&A with Kristin McKnight, copy editor and page designer at International NYT

Kristin McKnight is a copy editor and page designer at The International New York Times, a newspaper previously known as the International Herald Tribune. She has also worked at the Chicago Tribune and the Irish Independent. In this interview, conducted by email, McKnight talks about her job and her newspaper’s name change as well as… Continue reading Q&A with Kristin McKnight, copy editor and page designer at International NYT

Q&A with Alberto Cairo, author of ‘The Functional Art’

Alberto Cairo is the author of “The Functional Art,” a new book about infographics and visual journalism. He has extensive experience in the newsroom and in the classroom. In this interview, conducted by email, Cairo talks about the principles of infographics and data visualization, and how writers and editors can contribute to their creation. Q.… Continue reading Q&A with Alberto Cairo, author of ‘The Functional Art’

Q&A with Brad Walters, features designer at Washington Post

Brad Walters is an art director and features designer at The Washington Post. He previously worked at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and the Herald-Journal in Spartanburg, S.C. In this interview, conducted by email, Walters talks about what it's like to work at the Post and what's in store for print designers in… Continue reading Q&A with Brad Walters, features designer at Washington Post

Student guest post: Editing and design can be a harmonious pair

Students in JOMC 457, Advanced Editing, are writing guest posts for this blog this semester. This is the 12th of those posts. Chelsea Pro is a senior majoring in journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. She works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer at the Carolina Union Design Department. It’s an age-old question, one that haunts… Continue reading Student guest post: Editing and design can be a harmonious pair

Reactions to the new News & Observer

The News & Observer launched a redesign this week, making the biggest changes in its look and content since a renovation in 1993. Readers famously hate change, even though publications have always needed to update their form and content on occasion. Would anyone expect today's newspapers to look like these? As a former N&O editor,… Continue reading Reactions to the new News & Observer

Debunking a headline myth

BuzzFeed has posted a list of "25 Stupid Newspaper Headlines," including this one that is supposedly from The News & Observer: "17 REMAIN DEAD IN MORGUE SHOOTING SPREE." I believe this is an altered image and that the headline in question never appeared in the Raleigh newspaper. Here's why: The story text is blurry, perhaps intentionally. The… Continue reading Debunking a headline myth

The star of the earthquake

The Eastern United States was surprised by an earthquake this week. The tremors started in Virginia and were felt hundreds of miles away, causing evacuations and general confusion. Damage was minimal, but that didn't stop newspapers in the region from making this the big story of the day. An earthquake in this part of the… Continue reading The star of the earthquake