The Daily Blog

By Mario R. García on Oct 29, 2014

Waiting for the second marshmallow

A fascinating study with children, about patience and self control, makes me think that we in newsrooms could learn a bit about the virtue of patience.

Tags: Walter Mishel, newspapers, USA, The Marshmallow Test

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By Mario R. García on Oct 29, 2014

Quartz’ Kevin Delaney: Between the important and interesting

Kevin J. Delaney, editor in chief and co founder of Quartz, is the new Hearst Digital Media Professional in Residence at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and last night he delivered the Hearst Lecture. His topic: Can Digital Journalism Instincts be Taught?

Tags: Journalism Education, USA, Journalism Education, Kevin Delaney

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By Mario R. García on Oct 28, 2014

Another curated tempo product: Financial Times’ FirstFT

The curated tempo for how we distribute and consume news got a shot in the arm this week as the Financial Times introduced FirstFT.

Tags: curation, two tempos, web, UK, USA, Quartz, Yahoo! News Digest

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By Mario R. García on Oct 27, 2014

Cheerful Monday News

Two items in the media news that should give our week a great start. Both news items emphasize audience and social media. Read on.

Tags: Callie Schweitzer, Sarah Bartlett, USA, CUNY Journalism, TIME

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By Mario R. García on Oct 24, 2014

New role for me:  Senior Adviser on News Design at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism

Steve Coll, the Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has named me the Senior Adviser on News Design. I am honored to maintain my association with the School and look forward to my work with students and fellow faculty.

Tags: Columbia Journalism School, USA, Columbia Journalism Review (CJR)

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By Mario R. García on Oct 23, 2014

It’s presentation day: stand up, deliver with pride—and smile.

Many of those who choose design as a career don’t know it, but they should take a couple of courses in the art of presentation, not necessarily a theater course, although it might not hurt. You see, presentations are key to taking your design project to market—and selling it.

Tags: design, the craft, Medium

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By Mario R. García on Oct 22, 2014

Montreal Gazette: new look, new strategy across four platforms

The Montreal Gazette is the second of eight Postmedia newspapers of Canada to introduce a new look and visual identity. It is also a total rethinking of how news is edited, designed and distributed in the digital age.

Tags: case study, design, multimedia, media quartet, Canada, The Montreal Gazette

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By Mario R. García on Oct 21, 2014

Thumbs up and on the screen for the new iPhone 6 Plus

It is not enough to just keep the finger happy when it comes to those bigger iPhone screens that are now a reality.  We must make sure that the design is fit for the thumb—that king of all fingers.

Tags: usability, iPhone 6, USA, Quartz

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By Mario R. García on Oct 20, 2014

De Telegraaf: one week later, the taming of a lion

It's been one week and two weekends for the team of De Telegraaf to get used to its new tabloid format and all the design/storytelling challenges that come with such change.  The report card is a B+ grade.  Take a look at some of the most recent pages.

Tags: case study, design, newspapers, Netherlands, De Telegraaf

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