The RecordDesign / Editing / Production
From an initial brief to update the online engagement of weekly newspaper The Record, this project developed into a wide-ranging examination of the publication’s work flows and practices. A suite of design, process and culture changes were made. This included reassigning job responsibilities and rearranging work spaces for more effective teamwork, introducing regular planning conferences to engender shared decision-making, mentoring staff on editing, layout and subbing skills and introducing an internship program.
With the objective of producing a more readable and engaging product, the newspaper was redesigned both to produce a cleaner, more cohesive look and to streamline production resources with fewer production errors. A comprehensive style guide was created and a template library built to enable more efficient story planning and simpler page construction. Step-by-step work-flow procedures were introduced for planning, production, checking and corrections.
The dramatic and consistent improvement was recognised by an Australasian Catholic Press Association award for best newspaper layout and design. “The most notable strength is how editors and designers have allowed excellent photographs plenty of space for impact,” the judges noted. “Page layout is smart, especially for longer features. Some white space allows headlines and standfirst paragraphs to stand out, and the alternating headline styles and breakout quotes in copy provide visual variety without impacting on the generally clean, elegant design.”
Peter RosengrenManaging editor / The Record
"I certainly regard your contribution to The Record as very significant. We will continue to produce the paper according to the improvements you have been such a key in introducing. You might think of this as part of your legacy here at the paper and it's one I intend to keep going to the best of our ability."
Sarah MotherwellReporter / The Record
""It has been a great privilege working with you. You are a brilliant journalist and an attentive subeditor. I cannot fully describe how much I appreciate all the things you have taught me, even though I can imagine you would be telling me right now that nothing is too difficult to describe."