Daily Archives: 02/26/2012

Desk position open

MY FRIEND BUZZ TREXLER is managing editor at The Daily Times in Maryville, TN. He recently contacted me to ask if I know of any candidates for a desk position. Buzz is a joy to work with and I’m happy to help him find the right candidate.

His note follows.


We have an opening if you know of any good candidates:
The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times, an award-winning seven-day morning newspaper just outside of Knoxville, is in search of a copy editor/page designer to become part of our Newsroom production team. The preferred candidate will have keen news judgment, excellent grammar and writing skills, as well excellent knowledge of software and processes related to newspaper design, including but not limited to Adobe InDesign, InCopy and Photoshop, as well as basic knowledge of web-related technologies, digital video and audio. The preferred candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in communications or an equivalent degree. He or she will be deadline conscious, objective and able to accept constructive criticism. Send non-returnable PDFs of a cover letter, resume and samples of your work to editor@thedailytimes.com.

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A history of handwriting

THERE’S A LOT MORE TO IT than this report offers, but CNN offers this brief outline on the history of handwriting.

The report also focuses on the link between calligraphy and computers, and how some of that has come full circle.

For us word-and-visuals wonks, it’s an interesting look at how we got from…uhhh…a to z.

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Blackout poetry

NEWSPAPERS ARE BEING USED…AGAIN. But this is a bit different. Austin Keon developed the idea and has a book—Newspaper Blackout—to prove it.

It’s like writing poetry as sculpture: The words are all there but you have to blot a lot of them out to get to those that really mean something. I’ve tried it. It works! Good mental exercise for us word-and-visual people.

Take a look here.

Then give it a shot yourself. Looks easy. But we all know: Looks are deceiving.


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Readers vote…and voters read

NEWSPAPERS HAVE A CLEAR ADVANTAGE in reaching and motivating those highly likely to vote. Campaigns and advocates seeking effective advertising to reach their target audiences need look no further than the local newspaper.”

So says a recent study on voting and media habits, as reported by the Newspaper Association of America.

Here’s more:

  • Eighty-six percent of voters who cast ballots in the last local election read newspapers in print or online, with levels of engagement holding consistent among voters identifying as Republican, Democratic or Independent.
  • Newspapers and their websites consistently outscore other media for being “reliable,” “accurate” and “in-depth” about local civic and political issues.

To download a PowerPoint presentation on the full study, go here.

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