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Abrams: Maps!

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Simon_Cowbell, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    From LAObserved's Kevin Roderick..... ho-leeee shit.

    Tribune's new innovation honcho Lee Abrams finally began work today after a career in radio and a bunch of pre-memos. He immediately blogged his notes on a vision for the newspaper front pages. Think maps, lots and lots of BIG maps. Oh, and he wants new name tags, and a new name for WGN the Superstation. Whole thing is after the jump, but here's a representative sample:

    The first one may make heads explode. Not my intention, so pardon me if it casuses an exploding effect. I was thinking what a newspaper might look like, if newspapers never before existed. Then a few comments on Superstation after watching Sunday. I have no idea if it's right, wrong or a complete strike out, but imagine:

    THE FRONT SECTION: The front page is four large and visually stunning maps:
    (placement could depend on the prior day's activity or importance based on the city the paper serves)

    ROTATING (meaning a map of the most relevant area not covered by the above three. If Europe is blowing up, then its Europe)

    On each map is an icon with a small headline...but different obvious icons for different types of events. A "fire symbol" for a fire, etc...

    The second page is 100% mini headlines, or an index, visually interesting of course with info on where to find the story.

    That's it for Section One. Big, bold, visually attractive. Two pages
  2. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    That sounds like a Web site.
  3. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    If this monstrosity of a front page is ever produced, will someone PLEASE let us know and post a link?
  4. captzulu

    captzulu Member

  5. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    BLOGS!!! MAPS!!!!!
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    It sounds like a book cover and a glossary. That's two wasted pages -- just what papers are going for these days.
  7. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    That is one fine piece of work right there.
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