‘THE NO VOTES,’ MY CANDIDATE FOR THE BEST INFOGRAPHIC OF THE YEAR

Files under General | Sep 30th

It’s not fancy, but sober.

Not full color.

Not gigantic.

But …

It’s newsy.

Made on deadline.

Clear.

Highly informative.

Brilliantly executed.

Right to the point.

Answering the BIG QUESTION of the day:

“Why the hell all these congressmen voted against the $700 billion bailout package?”

A fantastic explanation.

Journalism caviar!

A gold medal, please, for this sure Malofiej winner.

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A BIG AWARD FOR A SMALL NEWSPAPER: DIARI DE BALEARS, BEST DESIGNED NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL

Files under General | Sep 30th

This is really amazing because this is a very small newspaper.

With a small staff.

But young and creative.

A WILD IDEAS newspaper.

It’s local.

Written in Catalan.

The only Catalan newspaper in Majorca (Spain).

But DIFFERENT.

DIFFERENT.

DIFFERENT.

And it’s now, officially, one the three “best designed newspapers of the year in Spain and Portugal,” according to the jury of the latest annual competition of the Spanish Chapter of the Society for News Design (SND-E).

For newspapers with more than 50,000 copies, the winner was PUBLICO from Madrid.

For newspapers between 20,000 and 50,000 copies, the winner was DIARIO DE NOTICIAS from Lisbon.

And for newspapers with less than 20,000 copies, the winner was DIARI DE BALEARS.

Congratulations to all the winners.

The award was announced a few hours ago by the members of the jury: Diego Areso, Público (Madrid); Eduardo Cruz, La Gaceta de los Negocios (Madrid); María González,  El Mundo (Madrid); Javier López, El País (Madrid); Juan Ramón Martín, Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca; Jorge Martínez, La Nueva España (Oviedo); Antonio Mencía, Diario de Burgos; Pedro Pimentel, Jornal de Notícias (Oporto); Teresa Silva,  Expresso (Lisboa); Alfredo Triviño, News International (Londres); Carlos Valdemoros, Ideal (Granada); César Galera, Expansión (Madrid); Ismael Nafría, La Vanguardia/Grupo Godó (Barcelona); and Ramón Salaverría, MMLab (Pamplona)

INNOVATION is very proud of the team that for this project: with Carlos Soria as the director, Javier Errea as INNOVATION’s chief designer for the new Diari de Balears, Carlos Enrique Bayo and Ismael Nafria.

Congratulations also to Pedro Serra, the president of the paper, Carmen Serra, Miquel Serra, the editor, and Manuel Riera, the art director.

The Serra Group is the publisher of ULTIMA HORA, the leading paper in Majorca, and Diari de Balears is the “little brother,” that is the BIG BOY today.

SND-E also gave a Gold Medal to INNOVATION’s redesign of Diari de Balears.

You can see here, here, here, here, and here how we did it, many pages of the new Diari de Balears and the dramatic and wild inside front sections that also got a Silver Medal.

Small is beautiful.

Yes, Diari de Balears is small and beautiful.

And more important than anything else after this dramatic change, selling more advertising and more readers than ever.

Good journalism is a good business!

And good journalism, unique design, and good journalist-designers like Javier Errea, are what we need to have great newspapers.



THE RIGHT QUESTION AND THE RIGHT ANSWERS

Files under General | Sep 29th

 

In “Your Money,” The New York Times’ Ron Lieber responds to the big question of the day:

“Is My Money Safe?”

(Picture by AFP/Getty Images/Rick Gershon)

 

 



STOCKS PLUNGE AND LA SEGUNDA, AN EVENING CHILEAN NEWSPAPER, COVERS THE BREAKING NEWS

Files under General | Sep 29th

I took this picture this afternoon in Santiago (Chile) outside the Radisson hotel.

La Segunda, one of the last evening newspapers in South America, and a very good one, was able to cover the breaking news from this morning.

A nostalgic moment.

“They gave me the papers at 2:30 p.m., and I am selling them faster than ever.”

Yes, we are in a 24/7-news world but La Segunda reacted quickly and today’s edition was sold out.

Pilar Vergara, the editor of La Segunda, must be very happy.

Tomorrow, all the morning newspapers around the world will explain to us what La Segunda told us first in print.

An old-fashioned tradition still alive:

“Extra, Extra, Extra!”

 



THE BAILOUT PACKAGE MESS: A MUD SANDWICH

Files under General | Sep 29th

As Representative John A. Boehner, the Republican minority leader from Ohio, said, the measure was “a mud sandwich.”

Hard to swallow from a Bush administration with no crediblity.

Period.

(Picture by REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)



TWO STYLES: MCCAIN’S THEATER AGAINST OBAMA’S NEW POLITICS

Files under General | Sep 29th

In today’s The New York Times:

“Mr. McCain, who came of age in a chain-of-command culture, showed once again that he believes that individual leaders can play a catalytic role and should use the bully pulpit to push politicians. Mr. Obama, who came of age as a community organizer, showed once again that he believes several minds are better than one, and that, for all of his oratorical skill, he is wary of too much showmanship…

“After eight years of Bush’s cavalier attitude toward serious and complex problems, people are in the market for a more thoughtful approach,” said Doug Hattaway, a Democratic communications consultant who was a spokesman on Senator Clinton’s campaign. “That’s usually dangerous for a politician trying to get elected in a ‘just do it’ culture. But the time seems to be right for Obama’s more cerebral style.”

(Picture by AFP/Karen Bleier)



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THE BLUE EYES OF PAUL NEWMAN ON THE FRONT PAGE

Files under General | Sep 28th



THE NEW REVISTA UNICA (5): THIS WEEKEND’S COVER STORY

Files under General | Sep 28th

Another example of great Fusion Journalism.

Some pages from this weekend’s REVISTA UNICA with a “main dish,” or cover story, about stars.

With a great mix of pictures, words, graphics, illustrations and creativity.

A collector’s issue.

A powerful reason to buy and read EXPRESSO every week.



THE DEBATE IN 10 SECONDS

Files under General | Sep 28th

Barack Obama:

“Through 90 minutes of debate, John McCain had a lot to say about me, but he didn’t have anything to say about you.

He didn’t even say the words ‘middle class.’

He didn’t even say the words ‘working people.”

(Picture by Jim Bourg/Reuters)



OPINIONS ARE CHEAP, FACTS ARE EXPENSIVE

Files under General | Sep 27th

As I have said before, my wise and astute friend Andrew Mango, former editor of the BBC South European Service, taught me many years ago that “Facts are sacred, and opinions are free, but the reality, my friends, is that facts are expensive and opinions are cheap.”

Today, I found another way to say the same thing in this quote from Hannah Arendt:

“Freedom of opinion is a farce unless factual information is guaranteed.”

So, quality journalism is a farce if our print or online newspapers don’t have the resources to find, report, explain, analyze and present the facts.

The rest is garbage.

Propaganda.

Manipulation.

Noise.



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