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“New York Times” Redesign

Posted by Paityn Langley

With the advancements of technology, the once black-ink-on-white-paper publications are being forced to expand into uncharted territories. A place where folded corners are replaced with digital bookmarks; where scissors and Elmer’s glue are replaced with the right-click of a mouse; where the term “below the fold” takes on a whole new meaning. That’s right: I’m talking about the digital world.

The New York Times Magazine (NYT) took a leap of faith on Sunday, Jan. 22 by introducing their new digital-friendly publication design. The first edition, titled “The Global Issue,” features international stories from an array of various topics.

The need for digital design has been forthcoming for quite sometime now, yet many big publications, NYT being no exception, are cautious to make such a change. While the attempts to preserve authenticity and tradition were long lasting, publications across the board are now realizing the positive implications of a digitally responsive and streamlined design.

The arguably tremendous task of redesigning a 119-year-old publication was put on the shoulders of editor Jake Silverstein, design director Gail Bichler, and art director Matt Willey.

Because the publication is so well known, it was important to Silverstein that the general look and feel stayed familiar and recognizable. With the subtle implementation of new fonts, logos, and heavier-weight paper, the publication sought to refine their branding without overwhelming their loyal readers.

GQ art director Anton Loukhnevets helped to design individual page structures while typographer Henrik Kubel, of A-2 Type, drew up an entirely new font family for the NYT’s exclusive use. Designer Matthew Carter made subtle revisions to the ever-recognizable logo in attempt to make it look more modern.

All design decisions were, of course, made with the knowledge that content would be presented in both print and digital platforms. The official NYT website was rebuilt to ensure responsive design on all platforms including optimization for smartphones, tablets, and desktops alike. Special emphasis was placed on the inclusion of photography, video, and interactive online elements.

So, I have to ask. What do you think about the conversion from print to digital? Is it as important as they say it is? In what ways can we excite laggard publications and readers about the upcoming changes?

Most importantly, do you think the redesign was successful? If you’re so inclined, read what others think.

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NY Times for Instagram

Posted by Melissa S.
Photo by Torrenegra. No changes were made.

Photo by Torrenegra. No changes were made.

The New York Times admits it has fallen behind in the digital age. With decreasing traffic to its website and smartphone app, the brand struggles to connect with the next generation of readers. Last April, Buzzfeed released The New York Times’ internal report containing plans to develop and grow a younger audience. However, the report is 96 pages long, meaning the brand should start by learning the internet’s retention rate. Continue reading

Jill Abramson and Women Journalists

By: Morgan Gstalter

Jill Abramson and Evan Smith, SXSW panel. Photo courtesy of Anna Hanks via Flickr

Jill Abramson and Evan Smith, SXSW panel. Photo courtesy of Anna Hanks via Flickr

When the executive editor of “The New York Times,” Jill Abramson, was fired for her “brusque management style” in the spring, it shook the media industry up. She was torn apart in a Politico article by Dylan Byers, using “anonymous” sources that were crawling out from all corners of her newsroom, claiming she was unpopular, uncaring, disengaged and “bitchy.”

Ah. The “b” word.  It sparked much needed discussion about gender inequality in this field, female leadership, and why her abrupt termination was linked to the fact that she is a women.

A new U.N.-backed report from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media was released recently that discussed gender discrimination that is perpetuated in film.

Think about famous journalists. Compile a list. How many of them are women? The top 3 I thought of were Barbara Walters, Christane Amanpour and Diane Sawyer.  I could probably rattle off a few dozen more men but that’s the benefit of this day and age. The study found that compared to doctors, lawyers and athletes, the only career field that was closely split in movies was journalism (60% men, 40% female.)

But is that an accurate representation? Yes. They are moving up, especially in management. In a field once dominated by men since it’s inception, women are taking leading roles in their newsrooms.

The ASNE (American Society of News Editor) released data that says 63% or two-thirds of newspapers had a least one women on their top editorial board. With so many women holding high positions on newspapers, why was Abramson’s managing style critiqued so sharply? Because it was “The New York Times?” Because she was the first female editor? The world may never know

A discussion has been started. Women journalists are rallying together in support of Abramson, as she discussed her career openly for the first time in September’s issue of Cosmopolitan magazine in an article called “I’m Not Ashamed of Getting Fired” by Laura Brounstein and Leslie Yazel. Female editors from “The Chicago Tribune” sent her flowers. Journalism is one of the fastest growing equality career fields for women, giving them more opportunity for equality in the workplace and abilities to hold leadership positions.

 

ESPN’s control of college football

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by Austin Cannon

A recent New York Times piece exposed the immense power the ESPN family of networks has over college football.

In the article, which you can read here, it’s noted that ESPN will televise around 450 games this season. The nearest competitor will televise about 50. Not exactly close.

The sports giant also has immense scheduling power. They sometimes decide less that a week in advance to give the most important games the most lucrative time slots.

Universities allow it because it provides them two very important things; Money and exposure. A partnership with ESPN gives the school millions of dollars while a primetime game on ESPN provides a three-hour showcase of the college and its campus.  Continue reading

A nifty new place for news updates

Posted by: Kelly Hendricks

It is an unwritten rule that journalists need to stay on top of the news. Between CNN, New York Times and Wall Street Journal, it can be hard to know exactly where to look for the specific information you want.

Newsmap.jp, which is run by Google News, offers unique dimensions for following the news.  According to an article on AlphaComputing, Newsmap shows the news in “a much more visually appealing way.” The site layout is color coded and allows you to pick the countries that you want to read about. AlphaComputing states that not only does the site offer categories (including world, national, business, technology, sports, entertainment and health) at the bottom of the screen, but it also helps the viewer tell which news is most recent by showing the most previous news in light colors and the older news in darker colors. Continue reading

The Effects of Cyberbullying

Posted by Trevor Mickelson

Photo from Herald on Sunday story by Adam Forrest

If it wasn’t hard enough for high school students to fit in and avoid bullies at school, the Internet and various social media sites have made things a little more difficult. With very little parental control on sites like Facebook, students are finding new ways to bully their classmates.

Not only are students using new methods to bully others, but the severity of the bullying has increased as bullies are able to be more brutal in their attacks behind the mask of a computer. Even worse is that some students are creating phony pages and bullying students, while pretending to be someone else.

As a future teacher, I know there is no way to prevent students from bullying each other. I can try to prevent it in the classroom and hallways, but it is very unsettling knowing the lengths to which some students will go to ostracize a peer.

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New York Times Further Consolidates Print and Web Operations

The New York Times

Photo by Joe Shlabotnik

Posted by Tim Weideman

The New York Times has been a front-runner in online journalism for a while now. It appears the paper is not about to let that title go.

Yahoo! News reported this morning that the New York Times announced a reorganization that would bring together its print and online newsrooms.

The report includes a letter from Times executive editor Bill Keller to staff about what changes will be made that will affect how the newsrooms operate together.

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