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Of the thousands of words published in last Wednesday's News Tribune, there are a handful that we regret printing. The headline atop the front page — "Virginia police kill 1" — elicited a strong reaction from many readers in the Iron Range and law enforcement communities. And for good reason. We simply were not as careful with how we worded that headline as we needed to be.
The textbook definition of a journalist is one-dimensional. Vanilla. Bland. By this short-sighted measure, a newspaper journalist is simply someone who writes for newspapers, magazines or news websites. Sorry, but true journalists mean so much more to their publications.
You never know what ancient artifact might turn up in the bottom of a cluttered drawer or in long-forgotten basement storage. Betty Hastings of Hermantown came across an old envelope — postmarked Dec. 18, 1935 — that contained an even older object inside. A copy of the very first edition of the Duluth Evening Herald. • Published Monday evening, April 9, 1883 • Volume 1, No. 1 • Cost: 2 cents
My personal history with dancing is a brief one. I recall a close friend teaching me how to slow dance when we were 15 or 16. She was the test subject for the girl I was hoping to dance with (Sadly, that dance never happened). Other than that, there were some dance lessons prior to getting married, that first dance with my wife and a few more after that. That's about it.
The Duluth News Tribune, Cloquet Pine Journal and Lake County News-Chronicle received a number of awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest. Winners were announced Thursday night during the MNA awards banquet in the Twin Cities. Competing in the large daily newspaper division (circulations over 10,000), the News Tribune won the following awards:
Jana Hollingsworth and Brooks Johnson are very familiar to Duluth News Tribune readers. Their in-depth coverage of local education and business, respectively, has kept readers readily informed and constantly updated about those two important beats.
Journalists often call the production of a newspaper "the daily miracle." We start the day with 20-plus blank pages and somehow stuff them with news, sports, features, photos, graphics, ads and inserts, print off thousands of copies and get them to your doorstep in the wee hours of the morning. And not all daily miracles are equal (re: our Grandma's Marathon and Thanksgiving editions). Throw our website into the mix, and that miracle is often occurring minute to minute.
Too much white space is a bad thing. One of the core principles of newspaper design is achieving a healthy balance among words, photos, graphics and the white space that binds them together. Too much white space creates chaos on the page and the elements blend together in an unappealing way. The front page of Wednesday's paper is mostly white space, with the words "Imagine a day without local news" prominently displayed.
Comics lovers undoubtedly will notice a few changes to the News Tribune's comic strips, both online and in print, starting Sunday.
The Duluth News Tribune editorial staff received several awards at the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' 2017 Page One Awards, held Thursday night at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul. Competing in the newspaper division (under 50,000 circulation), the News Tribune won the following awards: • News Tribune staff, first place, Spot News ("Gloria Dei church fire coverage") • Jana Hollingsworth, first place, Investigative ("Discipline disparity") • Brady Slater, second place, Investigative ("Decaying dock rises as priority")