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Three's the charm

8 Jun
(Spread featuring an article I wrote about parents going out)
The second spread in the section.

This week I designed the spreads for the special section in our paper on parenting. I also wrote one of the stories. Check out the website for my story on activities for local parents to do.

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New Faces

1 Jun

This week I stayed busy at The Press with an article about local women who (in my opinion) dominated at a Strongman Competition. They lift large amounts of weight via unusual objects (atlas stone, log, etc). Check out the link to read about it. I got a byline and it was on 2nd front.

This week designing the feature page was a little more challenging, but interesting nonetheless. A local photographer is putting together a project of 1,000 local people’s faces. So here it is. We initially thought of doing a grid, but with a smaller number of photos available this is what the final product was.

I had to leave work early on Tuesday in order to visit the UN. (Tuesday is our busiest day of the week, so I felt bad leaving with so much still to be done.) There were so many people from different countries walking around and working. We were briefed by several people in the UN’s strategic communications division. It was interesting to hear their perception of social media and what they are doing with it. I was surprised that they had only about 75,000 “likes” on their Facebook page and 356,000 followers on Twitter. (While the Twitter number is more impressive, I was wondering why their numbers were still so low?) Barack Obama has more than 8 million followers on Twitter. Lady Gaga has 10 million followers.
So my point is: if this assembly is supposed to be helping regular people across the world, how are they reaching them, if even western countries (and developed countries) who use social media to get so much of their information, are not even paying attention to the UN? 

The Mystery of Mission Statements

26 May

Mission statements. It’s a set of standards(?) made up at the start of a company or endeavor. I have heard some companies require employees to memorize and know the mission statement. Does this affect daily work output or increase the quality of a product or service? Just curious. I haven’t done any research on it. Who made the first mission statement? (I tried googling it without success.) It was a little difficult to dig this one up, because The Press began nearly 60 years go. I love that there is a tiny glimpse of hope for small newspapers. Hyper-local coverage is what differentiates them from all other news sources.

Here is a organizational chart outlining The Riverdale Press. It was required for my internship class. This is my attempt to apply creativity to the assignment. New goal: apply creativity to everything! School work, job work, life, callings, chores, whatever you can think of. (And now I’m off to find inspiration!)

Living a longer, healthier life

26 May

I whipped out an article this week for The Press’ yearly section: 50+. It’s geared towards older adults and the elderly. We got some local doctors and experts to talk us. I love deadlines. I actually really liked writing this once I had content. There’s a little opportunity for voice and it’s a magazine-ish article.

Check out the article on the website. It’s on the third cue under top stories. The Riverdale Press has some great stories and content.

The Jazzy Life

26 May

This week The Riverdale Press’ Focus On page (feature page of our weekly newspaper) was on a young jazz musician who performs in jazz hotspots though he hasn’t graduated from high school yet. I like this design, but I love my first one on Bronx Week. It was fun to design something musical.

My concept was to spell “jazz” with music notes. I wanted the design to be more simple, and while it is,  it might be a tad cluttered. What do you think? Does it look professional enough? That is my goal.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy. Check out another post tomorrow with a link to my article in The Press’ special 50+ Section this week. (It’s all about health for adults 50 years and older.) To read any of my articles from my internship, just visit www.riverdalepress.com and search for Jordan Carroll.

Design by Jordan Carroll, article by Adam Wisnieski

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