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Kevin Slimp is a favorite speaker and trainer in the publishing world. He can be reached at kevin@kevinslimp.com.

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Young People Don't Read Papers...or do they?

Young People Don't Read Papers...or do they?
What if the professor is right? What if young people really don’t read print anymore? Could I be wrong? Could the studies be wrong? After all, a lot of journalism professors I run into seem to think that print is dead. And so do most of the people I know who sell online services. Maybe they’re all right. Maybe young people do not read news in print anymore.
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Deadline Driven!

Deadline Driven!
I planned to start on this column four hours ago, but the phone started ringing. Karen, who emailed late last night, needed my help to get an ad to print correctly in her paper. How could I not take care of that first thing? Jim called from another state to get my advice about a publisher’s job he’s been offered.

You know the drill. We work in a deadline-driven business. We get it done. No matter how busy we are or what is already on our plates, we get it done.

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A Look at Collegiate Newspapers & Programs

A Look at Collegiate Newspapers & Programs

I asked my new friend, Kevin Schwartz to coauthor a column about the trend of college newspapers toward reducing print days or moving away from print to digital. Kevin is going to hate that I told you this, but College Media Matters recently referred to Kevin as “Dean of the College Media Business.” He knows his stuff.

You can read for yourself what Kevin, who was general manager of The Daily Tar Heel student newspaper at the University of North Carolina for 20 years, thinks about this trend.

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Free Papers Have Similar Experiences

Free Papers Have Similar Experiences
I heard from a university professor this morning who had promised to help with a project I was working on. He was several weeks late, so I wrote to ask him how his part was going. He apologized and explained that he hadn’t had time to keep his promise because he had to prepare for a talk next week. Next week. Geesh.

I’ve thought about that as I’ve looked over the results of my recent survey of North American publishers. These publishers are people who get things done. It’s no wonder that most of the newspapers in North American plan to have a bright future. We’re used to making the impossible happen every day.

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Critiquing 10 Free Papers With Ed Henninger

Critiquing 10 Free Papers With Ed Henninger
About a month ago, I received an email from a publisher on the East Coast who asked what I would charge to look over ten of his free papers and make suggestions to improve them.

At first I thought, “It sounds like an interesting project, but I just don’t have time.”

But lately, I’ve been trying to stretch myself and keep work interesting. It dawned on me that my friend Ed Henninger might be interested in working on this project with me. Sure enough, he was.

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Don’t forget about Bridge: One of Adobe’s most useful tools

Don’t forget about Bridge: One of Adobe’s most useful tools
I have to admit: I’m as much to blame as anyone. Honestly, I figured everyone was already using Adobe Bridge, so I’ve not put much effort into teaching Bridge tools at workshops and classes over the past few years.

Longtime photo editors remember the Browser from versions of Photoshop prior to CS2. Since then, Bridge has been included in all Creative Suite/Cloud packages and also with stand-alone Adobe Photoshop.

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Hmm: Adobe Cloud. Should I or shouldn’t I?

Hmm: Adobe Cloud. Should I or shouldn’t I?
I know it’s confusing. But I don’t get a dime from Adobe, so I have no reason to mislead you.

Here’s my official advice. Take it for what it’s worth.

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PDFs, Lines & Problems: Answering Readers' Questions

PDFs, Lines & Problems: Answering Readers' Questions
Readers have been asking what I think about The Times-Picayune adding two print delivery days - that’s back up to five days a week delivery - plus returning to a full broadsheet page. Our industry must be in a free-fall. Or is it?

My dilemma doesn’t revolve around those things, however. I promised to pen a question/answer column this month and I keep my promises.

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Remote office becomes reality for Wisconsin pubs

Remote office becomes reality for Wisconsin pubs
Like many newspapers, Delta’s publications go through the hands of multiple editors and designers before they go to press. And like in many production offices, fonts were an issue. Even though each of the computers seemingly had the same fonts on each computer, InDesign would pop up the dreaded “Font not loaded” message on a regular basis when a file created on one computer was opened on another.

The second challenge was a bit more interesting. Mike mentioned that producing their publications would be much more efficient if he, along with others who sometimes worked away from the office, could connect to the office network from remote locations. He went a little further than that. Not only did they want to connect to their servers, they wanted to be able to work from home or wherever exactly the same way they did back at the office.

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Convention attendances improves in 2014

Convention attendances improves in 2014
A colleague just walked into my office with a big grin on his face.

“At the risk of making your head grow any bigger, I thought I’d show this to you.”

He was holding a copy of The Oklahoma Publisher, the official publication of the Oklahoma Press Association.

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People are talking bout COLOR

People are talking bout COLOR
Color.

It seems to be on the minds of newspaper publishers and production managers everywhere.

Without a doubt, the second most requested task I’ve been given by newspapers in recent months is to improve the quality of the color in their print products.

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Software Q & A

Software Q & A
People seem to have a lot of questions concerning layout software these days. I suppose it’s only natural with all the changes at Adobe and Quark. Let’s look in my in-box and see what’s on people’s minds this month.

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