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World’s Best-Deigned Newspapers

February 17, 2010

The Society for News Design has selected three newspapers – including the
German papers der Freitag of Berlin and Frankfurter Allgemeine
Sonntagszeitung, and The New York Times – as the World’s Best-Designed™ in
this year’s “The Best of News Design™” Creative Competition.

Meeting at Syracuse University in New York, an international panel of
judges selected the papers from among hundreds of entries worldwide. The
judges evaluated issues published in 2009.

The 31st Edition World’s Best-Designed™ judges: J. Bruce Baumann,
formerly of the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press; Dennis Brack of The
Washington Post; Miguel Gomez of Al Nisr Publishing Group in Dubai; Lily Lu,
consultant at the L5 Communications and co-founder and Executive Director
for SND Chinese; and Margaret O’Connor, formerly of The New York Times.

What they said about each paper:
der Freitag (Berlin, Germany, circulation 12,400)
So bold, yet so simple. Page after page, this weekly delivers a steady diet
of visual surprises in a manner that is disciplined and sophisticated, not
shocking and chaotic. How does der Freitag strike this difficult balance?
Strong fundamental design architecture — solid typography, intuitive
navigation — combines with a refined approach to choosing and displaying
visual content.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (Germany, circulation: 347,000)
A remarkable mix of visual elements unfolds across the blanket-size pages
of this German broadsheet. Instead of driving stories into unbending forms,
the Sunday paper’s designers craft unique storytelling solutions based on
the demands of specific content.

The New York Times (New York City; circulation: 800,000)
A large-circulation general-interest newspaper is a tough beast to visually
tame. Every Sunday, the local edition of The New York Times has a dozen or
more sections, covering the world from Bali to the Bronx, and topics ranging
from nuclear bombs to nose jobs. A DNA of visual discipline binds sections
with distinct accents together into a paper that speaks with one voice. A
design architecture of timeless elegance provides a solid foundation upon
which to build innovative visual storytelling that weaves through the paper..

Overall, judges said they saw “a fascinating mixture of bad news with
good. The reality of distress in our business is obvious. There are many
signs of reduced resources, including smaller news holes with crowded words,
less local news, an abundance of feature stories on the front page, a
continued shortage of good photojournalism and more use of stock
illustration. An overall feeling of looking a little confused and perhaps a
bit stuck, prevails.

“But wait. The good news is that far from going away or giving up, we saw
much earnest effort towards reinvention.”

They said we are now in the age of “the thoughtful designer. Your efforts
must be as considered as they are creative. We hope these three papers can
serve as sources of inspiration.”  The international competition,
co-sponsored by SND and Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public
Communications, recognizes excellence in newspaper design, graphics and
photography. The judging takes place in two stages in February at the
Newhouse School. Entries in the overall competition numbered more than
10,000 in 19 categories.

More about the competition can be found at http://www.snd.org.

Newspapers fight negative perceptions in new ads

February 3, 2009

By JAY REEVES
Associated Press Writer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Several newspaper executives launched a public relations campaign Monday to counter what they call “gloom-and-doom” reports of the industry’s demise.

Sure, they admit, times are tough. The economy is bad, the Internet has sucked away advertising dollars and people are losing jobs.

But the 100 million people who read a newspaper the day after the Super Bowl outnumbered the TV audience for the game, the group said in an advertisement that appeared Monday in more than 300 daily newspapers, including The New York Times and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

With the ads, commentary pieces and a Web site, the industry is painting itself as a vital source of information and the best place for advertisers to sell anything from grapes to a house — not the dinosaur often portrayed in the media.

“We are our own worst enemy. It’s like there’s a rule we have to beat ourselves up,” said Donna Barrett, a driving force behind the campaign, called the Newspaper Project. “We are still a dominant media, and we don’t give ourselves credit for that.”

Barrett, chief executive of Birmingham-based Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., came up with the idea for the blitz with Randy Siegel, publisher of Parade Publications; Brian P. Tierney, CEO of Philadelphia Media Holdings, which publishes The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News; and Jay Smith, the retired CEO of Cox Newspapers, which owns the Journal-Constitution and other papers.

“We are not trying to be Pollyannaish about the newspaper industry, but all the predictions of our demise are just dead wrong,” Siegel said.

Parade, the weekly magazine inserted into more than 470 Sunday newspapers nationwide, provided seed money in the “low five figures” for the campaign to purchase ads in trade magazines and online, Siegel said. Newspapers donated ad space to the group.

It’s not hard to understand why there has been hand-wringing about the newspaper industry: Each week seems to bring more stories of layoffs or other cutbacks. The United States has about 1,400 daily newspapers, but that’s down about 100 from a decade ago. Cities such as Seattle andDenver could each lose one of their two newspapers soon.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy last month. Tribune Co., owner of newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, did the same thing in December. Even healthier newspaper companies have been scrambling to deal with their debts, including The New York Times Co., which recently agreed to a $250 million loan from billionaire Carlos Slim at a hefty 14 percent interest rate.

Industry analyst Ken Doctor applauded the idea behind the PR campaign. But he said its very name — the “newspaper project” — betrays a fundamental problem that’s threatening the entire industry.

“By 2009, I would have hoped editors would have realized this is not about paper, it’s about news,” said Doctor, a former newspaper executive with Knight Ridder Inc. who is now an analyst with Outsell Inc. “The business model is just busted.”

Doctor said U.S. newspaper ad revenues have dropped 20 percent from an all-time high of $50 billion, and print editions of newspapers will never be a staple for younger readers who have grown up reading news on the Internet. Most newspapers make less than 10 percent of their total revenue off the Internet.

Barrett said the newspapers’ ad campaign was born out of the frustration of seeing a constant string of predictions that newspapers will go out of business before they figure out how retool operations and make a strong profit online.

Lost on the masses, she said, is the fact the that tens of millions of people read newspapers every day, online and in print.

“The crisis has to do with revenue, not with audience,” said Barrett, who also serves as a director of The Associated Press.

Wyatt, MU alum, chosen NY Times intern

December 7, 2007

• Mexico — Julie Wyatt, a 2003 graduate of Mexico High School and a May 2007 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, was selected for an internship with The New York Times.
Wyatt is one of 17 MU students chosen for 2007 Dow Jones Newspaper Fund copy editing internships.
Of the more than 600 applicants for the program nationwide, 105 student journalists were chosen for the internship program. Three interns were chosen by The New York Times.
After two weeks of training at Temple University in Philadelphia, Wyatt is working as an editor for the national section of The Times.