Tag Archives: Redesigns
by Chris Roush
A pullout section in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Sunday about changes being made at the paper confirmed that it will not have a daily business section anymore.
The Plain Dealer will only have a freestanding business section on Sundays. On other days, business content will be wrapped into the main news section.
The move comes less than a week after the paper laid off some of its staff, including business editor Randy Roguski. In addition, the two assistant business editors were moved to other jobs. However, people who remain on staff say that the paper will try to hire a new business editor.
While most metro dailies cut their standalone business sections in 2008 and 2009, the recent trend has been that some of those papers — most notably the Orange County Register in California and the Chicago Tribune — have been bringing back standalone business sections.
However, there is speculation that the Arizona Republic in Phoenix will also soon cut its standalone business section.
by Chris Roush
The Arizona Republic, the daily paper in Phoenix owned by Gannett, may drop its standalone business section and put business news inside another section, reports Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal.
Sunnucks writes, “The latest round of layoffs at The Arizona Republic could prompt some major changes for the newspaper’s business, community and editorial pages.
“The business section may be folded permanently into the Valley & State section except for the Sunday edition, according to multiple sources familiar with the ongoing changes at the Gannett-owned daily. The business section currently stands alone some days, but is included in the Valley & State section on others.
“Business coverage has been eroding at daily newspapers nationwide in recent years as they dedicate less staff and news space to such stories.
“The Republic’s community sections and coverage also could be revamped, consolidated or eliminated. The newspaper laid off as many as 29 workers yesterday, according to Gannett Blog.”
Read more here. Most metro dailies cut their standalone business sections in 2008 and 2009, but some have been bringing back standalone business sections, most notably the Orange County Register and the Chicago Tribune, in the past year.
by Chris Roush
The “Marketplace” business news show on public radio has revamped its website.
A story there states, “In the press release, it says, ‘The main logo, consisting of overlapping triangles, in bright shades of blue and green suggests a stock graph and the letter ‘M’.’ We just think it looks cool. Similarly, we launched a new slogan, ‘Between economics and life.’ Here at the Marketplace offices, we’re excited for our new business cards with the cool designs. But for most everyone else, the most significant change is that our site is now built to work great on all sorts of devices: Smartphones, tablets, desktop PCs, you name it.
“You’ll see that the layout of the site is different. For one thing, we made it easier to listen to our most recent radio shows and podcasts. Just click the new ‘Listen’ button to open a new audio player that plays on any device. Meanwhile, we’ve downplayed a lot of the navigation and links related to individual shows, such as Marketplace, the Morning Report, Money and Marketplace Tech. That’s because we’ve learned that a lot of you engage with the website differently than the radio shows — you skim our latest headlines or lean back with a multimedia feature story.
“While you’re clicking around the site during this early beta testing period, you can also provide feedback by clicking on the link near the top of every page that says, not surprisingly, ‘Give us feedback.”‘
“Is there something you like? Something you don’t like? Something that looks broken? Let us know and include as much detail as you can. We’re especially interested in hearing from visitors coming to the site on different browsers — Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer — and different devices like your iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Kindle Fire, etc.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Don Mecoy, the business editor of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, writes about the changes to the paper’s Money & Markets page.
Mecoy writes, “That page, frequently referred to as the ‘stocks page’ by many of our readers, has shrunk over the years. Most newspapers, including The Oklahoman, used to carry multiple pages of stock and mutual fund listings and other charts. However, we and many of our colleagues have recognized that we no longer are the primary source of such daily information.
“It turns out there’s an app for that. In fact, there are scores of apps, websites (including NewsOK.com) and automated email services that offer up-to-the-second data on Wall Street.
“As noted in a graphic that appeared on Page 2C of the Business section on Tuesday, most Americans own a smartphone. According to the Pew Research Center, 90 percent of Americans own a cellphone, more than 6 in 10 own a laptop and nearly that many own a desktop computer.
“Most Americans age 65 and older are using the Internet, and that number is growing, Pew reported last year.
“Clearly, the number of readers we were serving with those dense charts is shrinking. For the many who get that information elsewhere, the Money & Markets page was becoming irrelevant.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Fortune creative director Brandon Kavulla sent out the following staff announcement on Tuesday:
I’m very pleased to announce that Tim Leong is joining us as FORTUNE’s new Design Director, where he will help oversee and direct the visual and creative representation of the FORTUNE brand across all platforms.
Tim comes to FORTUNE from Wired, where he was the Director of Digital Design. He is a multi-talented guy who worked on all aspects of the Wired brand with an emphasis his last two years on the digital extensions, including all tablet editions, coordinating motion and programming, e-books, e-features as well as working directly with the website. Tim was also a part of Wired‘s conferences, working with me on motion graphics/film and overall identity. Prior to Wired, Tim was the Design Director at Complex, where he led the visual team on both the print edition and the website. Additionally, Chronicle books just released Tim’s first book of info graphics today. Here is a write up and interview in the NY Post: http://bit.ly/18YEPEM
I asked Tim to give me his bio and it’s equal parts impressive and funny:
Tim Leong is an award-winning art director and designer and third-person biography writer. He was previously the Director of Digital Design at WIRED Magazine where he designed features and oversaw the design and interactives of the digital editions. He was the Design Director at Complex Magazine. During Tim’s run at Complex, Kanye West said: “I really think Complex is taking the cover game to another level; these are all history in the making” — And that has to count for something, right? Before that he spent three years at Men’s Health. In 2005 he founded the Eisner-award losing Comic Foundry Magazine, which folded a few years later. Tim is currently on the Board of the Society of Publication Designers. His first book, Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe is out today from Chronicle Books.
Tim is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and will be moving back to NYC with his fiancé Rachel. He starts at FORTUNE on August 5. Please join me and Andy in welcoming him.
by Chris Roush
Newspaper design expert Mario Garcia has posted page examples of the redesign at the Kansas City Business Journal and parts of an interview between Jon Wile, creative director for American City Business Journals, and publisher Joyce Hayhow, and editor Brian Kaberline about the nearly year-long transition their news operation has gone through.
Here is an excerpt:
Q: What do you think the most rewarding part of this process was?
Joyce: Being at the helm of an organization going through transformational change challenged my leadership ability. I found that to be both exhilarating and extremely rewarding.
Brian: The most rewarding part of the process was seeing the various elements all come together. It was seeing a digital-first approach to reporting provide the fodder for more in-depth and analytical coverage in print, and a lean-forward/lean-back philosophy lead to a greater emphasis on readers’ needs.
Q: What was the hardest part of the process?
Joyce: Regardless of your newsroom’s buy-in to the philosophical idea of being a digital-first news operation, the old habits are very difficult to let go. For the period of time our reporters and editors tried to break news online while holding on to much of our traditional print content, stress levels went through the roof.
Brian: It’s easy to talk about change, and incremental change is easy. What’s hard is stripping away years of deeply rooted habits and biases and trying to approach tasks in a completely fresh way.
Read more here. The Kansas City Business Journal is the fifth of the 40 weeklies that are part of American City Business Journals to launch a common style of storytelling, story hierarchy and visual presentation.
by Chris Roush
CNBC launched a new home page for its website this weekend that has bigger photos and fewer stories.
The home page for the business news network now includes three to five stories on the top, instead of the 40 headlines that were often crammed onto the page, said Xana Antunes, the executive editor and vice president of CNBC Digital.
The move is part of the network’s overall digital strategy that is emphasizing more original content as well as being available to consumers in every possible format, from television to mobile applications to desktop computers. CNBC.com posted its best June ever and second best month ever in terms of unique visitors. The site was visited by 8.5 million unique users in June, up 23 percent compared to the same time period last year, according to comScore Media Metrix. This is the fourth consecutive month of year-over-year unique growth for the site.
“We think that’s clearly about great content,” said Kevin Krim, CNBC’ Digital’s senior vice president and general manager, in an interview with Talking Biz News. “And now we want to make sure that the design complements the content. We have heard loud and clear from our readers that they want more of a clean, efficient design that is always relevant.”
CNBC’s digital operations reported a 50 percent increase in revenue in the second quarter compared to the second three months of 2012, said Krim. And industry observers believe that CNBC’s digital operations are profitable.
In addition, Antunes has been expanding its editorial staff since she was hired in October 2012 after being editor of Crain’s New York. Among the new hires are former SmartMoney.com editor Jeff Nash, former business editor of The Daily Tom Lowry and InvestmentNews editorial director Jim Pavia.
The home page, which sill still showcase markets coverage, has a number of new features, including:
- The best of CNBC, which showcases some of the web staff’s original content;
- Quick view, which strips out the photos and gives readers nothing but headlines;
- Videos playing throughout the site. When you click on a headline, you will be offered video and text options for a story;
- Anchor and reporter buttons so that readers can follow their favorites;
- A breaking news bar at the top of the page for emerging stories; and
- A “Watch Lived” function that allows viewing of CNBC in real time on your computer after verifying with your cable operator.
“CNBC has got this very important place in the lives of professional investors, retail investors, business leaders and other affluent consumers,” said Krim. “But as we look at their daily lives, we want to remain relevant throughout their day and week. We think a lot about that daily set of habits. CNBC on TV is often the thing you flip on after you check your email, and they have it on in the background throughout the day.
“There is a real battle for the trust and the attention and the time that their spending when they turn on a news screen. We see it as an opportunity and our obligation to be the first screen as they come on. We want to be their first choice. We have made a big focus on the word experience, which for us is the combination of the content, design, technology and advertising.”
Antunes said that the redesign makes it much easier for users to navigate the CNBC.com site. And the home page is emphasizing more content produced by its staff.
“We publish hundreds of stories a day,” said Antunes. “The thing I am monitoring are the top stories each day. We have swung from a small minority of those being original to it being 70, 80, 100 percent. And then there’s original video as well.”
by Chris Roush
The Tri-State Business Journal has changed its name to the Joplin Regional Business Journal, according to a story on the KOAM-TV website.
The story says,”New owners, Larry and Mikell Warren and their staff say the newly formatted paper will bring in more regional news.
“The publication will continue every two weeks.
“Owners say the journal has similar goals to the Joplin Regional Prosperity Initiative, to bring more businesses and economic development to the area.
“‘We changed the name to better reflect the community, so that we can encompass more than just the tri-state, that we might be able at some point to touch people in Arkansas and elsewhere,’ says Mikell Warren.
“‘We’re just really looking forward to it,’ says Larry Warren. ‘We’re excited about it, to bring a new look to an old product.’
“The publication will also soon implement ag and legislative sections covering the area.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Philadelphia Business Journal editor Craig Ey and publisher Lyn Kremer wrote the following about the redesign of the American City Business Jouranls’ paper:
So what does that mean for our weekly edition? The product is, quite simply, better than ever. Each week, we take a deep dive into an issue — and, quite often, a controversy — that matters to you and your business. Week-in, week-out, we plan to give you the best enterprise and investigative reporting in the Delaware Valley.
Our weekly edition will also include the kind of analysis and context you have come to expect from our experienced staff. The key question — and we have it posted in our newsroom — is “What’s it mean?” You’re being inundated by information on your laptop, on your smartphone, on your tablet, etc. In our weekly edition, we aim to connect the dots for you.
The third major pillar of our business is our signature events, which continue to grow. A major part of our mission at the Business Journal is to help connect our readers — our awards programs and informational events have become some of the best networking opportunities in the region.
The Philadelphia Business Journal has been a successful, profitable venture for many years. So why change now? Frankly, since our founding, we’ve been a media innovator, and the best time to reinvest in a business or launch a new strategic initiative is from a position of strength.
Read more here. A subscription is required. All of the ACBJ papers are undergoing redesigns.
by Chris Roush
The Business Insider website has a new design Wednesday morning.
“It has been about three years since we made significant changes to the design,” said founder and editor in chief Henry Blodget in an email to Talking Biz News. “We figured it was time to make some!”
There were three primary goals with the redesign:
Responsive design. Adapts to different screen and browser sizes to give the best possible view to every reader, whether by mobile, laptop or desktop screens). This concept is mostly applied to smaller screens (mobile, tablet), but Business Insider has now added sizing for huge desktop screens.
Bigger photos. Digital is an amazing medium for visual storytelling, and Business Insider wanted to take full advantage of that. Now in the full-width view, we can display larger pictures like this.
Dynamic, personalized story selection. Business Insider is now using technology to present a different selection of stories to each reader. The goal of this is to give each reader more stories tailored to their specific interests, thus increasing the value of the site. Business Insider is doing this in a limited way now, but if readers like it, it will do more of it going forward. Business Insider’s technology is also now surfacing more stories that are being actively shared, which readers tend to love.
“We also wanted make the site easier to use and read,” said Blodget. “I’m going blind in my middle age, so I need a nice big font.”