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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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A Tale of Two Publishers

Jun 07, 2022 at 06:31 pm by INT

I’m not that old. Seriously, I’m not. But in my work with newspapers, I’ve worked with so many younger people that I sometimes feel like Yoda (for you Star W.... Read More

Growing Readership

May 07, 2022 at 06:28 pm by INT

I had a great time last month, as I got out a little more to visit newspapers in multiple states. What I learned inspired, invigorated, and reminded me of much that is going w.... Read More

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RESEARCH: Daily vs Non-Daily Health

Mar 22, 2018 at 12:09 pm by staff

I've noticed a definite trend lately. It might be related to the increased number of industry activities I'm involved in these days, or perhaps it's just be one of those thing.... Read More

The Great Digital Divide: daily & weekly publishers view digital benefits very differently.

Feb 14, 2018 at 10:52 am by staff

During a keynote address at the Kansas Press Association convention in February, I presented the results of my annual survey of newspaper publishers in the U.S. and Canada for.... Read More

Differences between healthy and unhealthy newspapers

Jan 17, 2018 at 10:30 am by staff

As I sit in my hotel room in Gloucester, VA, I can't help but think about the 2018 version of our annual newspaper publisher's survey from the Newspaper Institute. As is often.... Read More

Readers help compile New Year list

Jan 02, 2018 at 01:24 pm by staff

I suppose any time is the right time to look over your newspaper operation and search for ways to make improvements., but the beginning of the year seems especially appropriat.... Read More

Keeping Up With Styles

Oct 17, 2017 at 03:50 pm by staff

Speeding up your workflow while improving your design in Adobe InDesign At the 21st session of the Newspaper Institute last week, Ed Henninger and I did something we've neve.... Read More

Sharpening Your Focus

Sep 13, 2017 at 03:54 pm by staff

Focus groups can change the way you create your newspaper I guess it comes with experience (that sounds better than "age"). In the "old days" when I visited a newspaper, it wa.... Read More

Online Training Available at Newspaper Academy

Mar 06, 2017 at 04:20 pm by staff

NewspaperAcademy.com features training you need from people you trust. Join Kevin Slimp, Ed Henninger, John Hatcher, Tim Smith and other trusted names in newspaper training fo.... Read More

Meeting Deadline: Learning to Get Along

Jan 27, 2017 at 01:09 pm by staff

A few years ago, I spent several days with a newspaper in Tennessee. They were converting from an editorial workflow based on QuarkXPress to InDesign and asked if I would be o.... Read More

Know When to Fold Them

Nov 21, 2016 at 09:54 am by staff

While in Minnesota last week, I had an assignment similar to assignments I've had many times during the past 20 years: to spend a day with a small community newspaper group, m.... Read More

This Story is About Hamburgers: If you think it's about something else, you are wrong

Nov 21, 2016 at 09:37 am by staff

This story is about hamburgers. Nothing else, just hamburgers. If you think it's about something other than hamburgers, you are mistaken. This story is simply about hamburgers.... Read More

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Mirror-Exchange Agrees: Paid newspapers are doing just fine, thank you very much

Oct 29, 2014 at 09:14 am by staff

Kelli Bultena, publisher of Tea (SD) Weekly, sent me a link to a column titled, “The Bad News About the News,” in the October 16, 2014 edition of The Brookings Essay. The essa.... Read More

Epoch Times Agrees: Free papers are doing very well, thank you very much

Oct 29, 2014 at 09:02 am by staff

I sometimes write a column twice, for different audiences. This version of my column on Robert Kaiser's essay includes statistics from free newspapers across North America. K.... Read More

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

Oct 01, 2014 at 04:55 pm by staff

Checking my email has produced better than usual results this morning. Besides looking over questions from readers and browsing through the more than 2,000 spam messages I rec.... Read More

PDFs, Lines & Problems: Answering Readers' Questions

Aug 14, 2014 at 05:12 pm by staff

So much to write about, so little space. That’s my dilemma this morning. I’ve had people writing and calling, wanting my thoughts concerning some quotes from well known indu.... Read More

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

Jul 03, 2014 at 11:45 am by staff

I’ve written a couple of columns related to the Adobe Cloud. Still, I’m stopped several times at every speaking event by publishers wanting to know if they should upgrade. C.... Read More

Convention attendances improves in 2014

Jul 02, 2014 at 06:30 am by staff

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.... Read More

Remote office becomes reality for Wisconsin pubs

Jun 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm by staff

I first met Mike Mathes in 2012 when he invited me to visit the North Woods of Wisconsin to speak during an annual retreat for newspaper publishers. The retreat honored Wiscon.... Read More

A Look at Collegiate Newspapers & Programs

May 15, 2014 at 04:03 pm by staff

Getting Real Instead of Being Cool in Collegiate Journalism Programs by Kevin Slimp I asked my new friend, Kevin Schwartz to coauthor a column about the trend of college n.... Read More

Critiquing 10 Free Papers With Ed Henninger

Apr 27, 2014 at 03:38 pm by staff

You should see my physical mailbox at home. Lately it’s been full of packages from newspapers. Sometimes these packages contain a letter with one or two copies of papers. Othe.... Read More

Kevin Agrees With Upton Sinclair

Mar 11, 2014 at 03:56 pm by staff

I don’t remember putting off writing a column as long as this one. I’ve talked to industry experts, polled editors and publishers, and spent the past four days thinking about.... Read More

A Tale of Two Publishers

Jun 07, 2022 at 06:31 pm by INT

I’m not that old. Seriously, I’m not. But in my work with newspapers, I’ve worked with so many younger people that I sometimes feel like Yoda (for you Star W.... Read More

Growing Readership

May 07, 2022 at 06:28 pm by INT

I had a great time last month, as I got out a little more to visit newspapers in multiple states. What I learned inspired, invigorated, and reminded me of much that is going w.... Read More

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

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