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Designed my last A1 for the Statesman last night, almost exactly a year after my first A1 shift. Sad to leave the desk, where I’ve learned so much, but excited for a new adventure on the web as an online content producer for statesman.com — I start full-time tomorrow!

September 5, 2011:

September 3, 2012:

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Alternative story forms, what what!
Overall, I just like this page OK, though I am happy with how the centerpiece turned out. I could have done more with it if we hadn’t needed to get four other stories out on the front … but I’m not going to complain about the newspaper having too much news. (:

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The past couple of weeks at work:

I think this centerpiece photo — by staff photographer Laura Skelding — is really beautiful. So glad I was able to run it large and in color!

I was hoping to beef up this centerpiece package a bit, so I dug through the story and pulled out some of the (many) numbers for an A1 rail to supplement the photo and graphic.

I recommend this centerpiece story — even if you haven’t been following the AISD charter drama closely — if you have a chance. Good stuff.

Besides work, I have been getting some other things done — like buying a wedding dress. (: More on that later!

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A couple of my pages from last week, both a little different from the norm.

Love getting to mix things up with a cool vertical photo!

This one’s not my favorite visually, but there’s reasoning behind it — we wanted the Obama story high up on the page, and there’s no way the word ‘marriage’ would have fit in one column. In the interest of having headlines that make sense, I gave it two columns next to the lead story … it does help to think like an editor when drawing boxes on the page. (:

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I’ve had the pleasure of both designing and editing some great stories over the past month (on that note, take a moment to check out this piece following an Austin officer’s death last week). Here’s Sunday’s front, designed by yours truly.

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Also discovered while cleaning/packing: The March 5, 2000, edition of the Austin American-Statesman.

Yes, the concert that night was awesome.

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Reason for missing deadline: Osama bin Laden is dead.

Last night was an incredible night to be in the newsroom. I’ll never forget piecing together a story from wire reports after hearing the president tell us that bin Laden had been killed (even though we all knew by the time he took the podium). These are the moments when I’m so glad to be working in journalism — even if my degree is apparently worthless. (:


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From FakeAPStylebook:

REMEMBER: The death of newspapers may also cause the deaths of pinatas, lazy people’s wrapping paper and many hamster habitats.

You can’t use your iPad to wrap breakables, people.

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From Andrew Meacham at the St. Petersburg Times:

ST. PETERSBURG — About 11 p.m. Sept. 12, a car struck Neil Alan Smith and threw him off his bicycle on Fourth Street N. The car didn’t stop.

Mr. Smith, who was pedaling home from his job as a dishwasher at the Crab Shack, struck his head on a light post.

He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center. He died there six days later. He was 48.

Police have not located the hit-and-run driver.

Shortly after the St. Petersburg Times announced Mr. Smith’s death on its website, a reader posted a comment stating the following: A man who is working as a dishwasher at the Crab Shack at the age of 48 is surely better off dead.

Web editors removed the comment, deeming it an offensive and insensitive insult to a dead man’s friends and family. Though hardly unusual — check out the comments beneath stories about any recent tragedy — this one spurred the Times to make Mr. Smith the subject of this story, as a reminder that every life matters.

A great reminder of why I love journalism.

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I’m on design duty for four days this week. Here’s tonight’s work:

Metro & State, Sept. 12, 2010

I’m pretty happy this one. Plus, I worked ahead and had the entire front page designed before I went home last night, which made for less stress today, which meant I HAD TIME TO GO GET DINNER! I never leave to get dinner! (Also, I had been running late this afternoon and rushed out with bringing my leftovers, so the stars aligned on this one.)

Not sure why the rule under Kelso’s column appears to be doubled, but it’s not like that in print. Who knows. (:

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