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

Current Newsletter

CBS and the Death of Newspapers

Mar 04, 2022 at 01:17 pm by INT

It’s late as I write this column, just around midnight. There’s nothing unusual about that. I tend to write my columns, stories, and books late in the evening. App.... Read More

Isn't It Time to Update Your Newspaper?

Feb 27, 2022 at 01:19 pm by INT

Redesigns. They’ve been on my mind a lot lately. When Ed Henninger, the undisputed guru of newspaper and magazine design, decided to retire three years ago (I never rea.... Read More

Recent Columns

Free On-Site Training Available For Your Newspaper Staff

Jan 03, 2022 at 10:15 am by INT

In my end-of-year column last month, I mentioned that newspapers and magazines are uniquely positioned to utilize government grants to pay for on-site training. I first became.... Read More

Hard Drive Failure! Here's what I've found to revive dead drives

Jan 03, 2022 at 10:00 am by INT

A couple of months ago, I wrote a column referring to the multiple backup drives on my desk, in addition to the off-site backup I utilize. I mentioned that I keep several driv.... Read More

My Best Advice as Your Paper Enters 2022

Jan 02, 2022 at 11:15 am by INT

After so many years of consulting and advising newspapers, it still never ceases to surprise me when I find questions from publishers in my email. Still, when I click on Apple.... Read More

Taking a Look Around My Desk

Dec 21, 2021 at 11:30 am by INT

Today, I’m going to invite you into my office to see how I work and some of the tools I use. Many folks reading this column have been to my webinars and seen the printer.... Read More

Speaking of Software

Jul 05, 2021 at 11:30 am by INT

My friend Reed Anfinson, publisher in Minnesota, called in a bind last week. His paper wasn’t going to press on time due to a technical error with the InDesign newspaper.... Read More

Investing in the Future of Your Newspaper

Jul 05, 2021 at 11:09 am by INT

About 15 or so years ago, I received a call from a newspaper designer at a small weekly in Tennessee. She was panicked because of a technical issue that was causing a lot of c.... Read More

Speaking of Software

Jul 05, 2021 at 11:02 am by INT

My friend Reed Anfinson, publisher in Minnesota, called in a bind last week. His paper wasn’t going to press on time due to a technical error with the InDesign newspaper.... Read More

Reasons to Bet on Print

Jun 03, 2021 at 11:15 am by INT

Tangible evidence leads Kevin Slimp to feel good about the future   Before you begin reading this column, please answer this question: “Are you sitting down?&rdqu.... Read More

Making Plans Toward 2028

May 18, 2021 at 11:32 am by INT

Newspapers remain a vital component of a healthy community   In my previous column, I mentioned that there seem to be a lot of positive feelings in the community newspa.... Read More

Adobe Plans to Get Rid of Type 1 Fonts

Apr 30, 2021 at 01:00 pm by INT

Start making plans now about transitioning your Type 1 fonts “Out with the old and in with the new!” We’ve all said it, and the idea of replacing outdated.... Read More

Front Page

More statistics from latest publisher survey

May 11, 2015 at 11:11 am by staff

I probably start my workday about the same as most of my readers, checking email. Somewhere around two hours of each day is spent helping people solve their problems. It’s not.... Read More

Growing Newspapers: They're popping up everywhere

Apr 22, 2015 at 09:37 am by staff

I’m in the midst of one of those crazy, multi-town, trips that leaves little time for remembering what happened yesterday because I’m too busy getting ready for today. Friday.... Read More

Print Back in Fashion: I keep running into new papers

Apr 15, 2015 at 09:52 am by staff

I’m in the midst of one of those crazy, multi-town, trips that leaves little time for remembering what happened yesterday because I’m too busy getting ready for today. Friday.... Read More

Texans Eager to Learn: Vernon, Texas

Apr 01, 2015 at 10:32 am by staff

When I walk into a newsroom for the first time, there’s always a moment of hesitation as I gauge how prepared the group is for my visit. I’m normally greeted with one of two e.... Read More

Interesting Findings From Recent Publishers Survey

Mar 25, 2015 at 10:39 am by staff

I probably start my workday about the same as most of my readers, checking email. Somewhere around two hours of each day is spent helping people solve their problems. It’s not.... Read More

Adobe InCopy is just the ticket for Tennessee paper

Mar 10, 2015 at 10:49 am by staff

In the midst of my busiest year ever, Dale Gentry, publisher of The Standard-Banner in Jefferson City, Tennessee, called to ask if I could find time to visit his newspaper. Le.... Read More

Newspapers: I love all of them, but my heart is with the small ones

Feb 28, 2015 at 11:00 am by staff

I guess I might as well change my permanent address to “Midwest,” following more than a dozen scheduled visits to Iowa and Minnesota during February, March and April. People b.... Read More

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

Feb 02, 2015 at 02:23 pm by staff

I really don’t mean to get this worked up about things. Oh, sorry. I sometimes digress. Let me catch you up. While taking a drive through the Smoky Mountains, about 45 minute.... Read More

Deadline Driven!

Jan 08, 2015 at 03:39 pm by staff

Wow! Today has been one of those days. You’re in the business. You know what I’m talking about. I planned to start on this column four hours ago, but the phone started ringin.... Read More

Free Papers Have Similar Experiences

Nov 21, 2014 at 03:47 pm by staff

Wow! Today has been one of those days. You’re in the business. You know what I’m talking about. I planned to start on this column four hours ago, but the phone started ringin.... Read More

Affinity Publisher and IDMarkz: One thumbs up, one thumb sideways

Feb 01, 2020 at 05:29 pm by staff

I spent my morning writing about mergers, buyouts, and bankruptcies. I don't know about you, but I'm ready to spend a few minutes on something more fun. For the past three or.... Read More

Looking Toward the Future: Groups taking steps to plan for the future

Sep 25, 2019 at 04:12 pm by staff

Like many of you reading this column, I've been in the newspaper business a long time. I began delivering daily papers for the Johnson City (Tennessee) Press-Chronicle when I.... Read More

What's the Big Deal: You make a few predictions...

Aug 29, 2019 at 11:00 am by staff

Andy Warhol once said, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes." I've experienced those fifteen minutes a few times, but it comes less often these da.... Read More

Increasing Productivity by Upgrading Workspace

Apr 03, 2019 at 07:52 pm by staff

There's a question I get asked a lot by friends, colleagues and audience members at conferences. There are variations, but they all go something like, "How do you find time to.... Read More

Consider Yourself Told

Mar 23, 2019 at 07:22 pm by staff

It was a lot like other experiences I've had at conventions over the past couple of years. In March, as I gathered my backpack to head out of the room where I'd just spoken in.... Read More

Our Digital Future: I've Got It All Figured Out

Dec 12, 2018 at 01:16 pm by staff

Some of you will remember Facebook. If you're over 40, you probably visit Facebook on a regular basis. If you're like most of the college students in my life, ask a parent or.... Read More

Checking the Pulse of Journalism

Nov 01, 2018 at 01:11 pm by staff

Over the past two weeks, I've traveled from coast to coast speaking at newspaper conferences and meeting with Canadian and American journalists about what is happening at thei.... Read More

Tariffs are behind us for now. What's next?

Aug 30, 2018 at 09:41 am by staff

..... It's been two hours since I received word concerning the news that tariffs aimed at newsprint had been overturned. The first person to write me was Ron White, a retire.... Read More

Common Traits: What successful newspapers have in common

Aug 16, 2018 at 09:24 am by staff

I really didn't expect to do much traveling this summer but plans don't always work out as expected and that certainly has been the case for me. The truth is I really love wor.... Read More

Upton Sinclair would be pleased as GateHouse and Gannett build "stronger communities"

May 11, 2018 at 07:29 pm by staff

Four years ago, I decided I'd had enough. After hearing John Paton of Digital First Media speak at a few conferences, I couldn't take it any more. I wrote a column titled, "Ke.... Read More