Monthly Archives: October 2009

Poll results: All-cap headlines

z POLL ALL-CAP HEDLINESTHE QUESTION WAS “All-cap headlines: do they work,” and it’s clear most of you who responded (41 total votes) think “Sometimes…on the right feature package.” That response drew 20 of the 41 votes, for about 49%

The negative response, “Nope…they’re just another design fad,” drew the next-highest number of votes, but halved the winning response with only 10 votes.

“Sure…what’s the fuss about” and “Yes…to bring special emphasis to a news story,” each drew five votes.

The one “other” response? “All caps are hard to read, they say.”

What’s the point? Well, for those of you who responded, it seems you’re just not all that concerned about the use of all-caps headlines.

The next poll? Not sure. What would you like to see? Type? Color? Structure? I’m open to suggestions!

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September winners!

THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NEW to this blog may not be aware that every month I name two winners—one for the best page submitted the previous month and one for best comment.

HINTS BOOK COVER FOR BLOGOur September winners are: Michael Smith, for best page(s) and Lauri Shillings for best comments.

Michael’s pages have drawn numerous “oooohs” and “aaaaahs” here and he’s a strong contributor to Ed Henninger’s Blog. Keep ’em coming, Michael!

Lauri’s comments are always helpful and constructive and she, too, is a consistent contributor.

Both will receive a free pdf copy of 101 Henninger Helpful Hints.

Congratulations to Michael and Lauri!

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More good news: Another client wins General Excellence!


PUBLISHER JEFF EVANS at The Ludington Daily News recently shared some exciting news with me…and now I can share it with you.

The Ludington Daily News has been honored with its 7th Newspaper of the Year award and it also won 1st Place in General Excellence in the Michigan Press Association 2009 Better Newspaper Contest.

Some comments from the judges:

“Excellent reproduction quality, clean design. In general, the paper grabs my eye and keeps it hooked. Great use of color beyond 1A. Lots of entry points on section fronts draw readers inside. Clean, crisp design. Design remained clean and consistent throughout.”

The Iowa Press Association judged the Michigan newspapers’ contest.

My congratulations to Jeff and his news crew, especially those who are part of the design effort—which is just about everyone.

I led the redesign of The Ludington Daily News a couple of years ago and I have a strong appreciation of how hard the staff and managers work. It was a pleasure working with them and a greater pleasure seeing them get the recognition they deserve.

Nice goin’!

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Small…wins big!

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MOST OF US couldn’t find Imperial, Nebraska, on a map—and I’ve been there! I spent a weekend a few years ago with the folks at The Imperial Republican, a 2,300 circulation weekly.

Russ and Lori Pankonin publish a high-quality newspaper. And now, The Republican is the envy of small newspaper publishers across the nation.

Russ, who goes by the nickname “Pank,” wrote earlier this week to share the good news.

Here’s his note:


Just wanted to let you know that our design is still alive and well. The Imperial Republican was named the General Excellence winner in weeklies with circ under 3,000 in the National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper contest.

What’s even more amazing to me is that we were able to do so while still not running color.

As you may recall, we have our own plant but lack four-color capability. So, it was a welcome surprise to see a “black & white” paper win it all in the division.

Thought you might be interested.


Interested?! I’m a lot more than interested—I’m deeeeelighted! It’s always a joy for me when one of my clients wins an award.

But this one…this is special.

My congratulations to everyone at The Imperial Republican. What a kick!

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