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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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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

Learning what I can from really smart people: Interviews with experts yield valuable information

Oct 11, 2016 at 08:45 am by staff

I live a charmed life. Last week, I spent four days with nine of the top newspaper experts in the business, along with journalists from 22 states at The Newspaper Institute in.... Read More

Iris Chyi, John Oliver and hundreds of journalists leave me no choice but to write this column

Sep 02, 2016 at 08:14 am by staff

Those of you who write columns for a living know what I'm talking about. This is one of those days when I'm not sure what to write. It's not that I lack subject matter. The op.... Read More

Pressing Issues

Jul 14, 2016 at 11:34 am by staff

If a person hangs around long enough, he's bound to get noticed. That's my theory anyway. When asked why I receive so many requests for help from newspapers, I simply mark it.... Read More

Common Sense Pays Off

Jul 14, 2016 at 11:05 am by staff

Doggone that Joey Young. And doggone that Al Cross, too. While we're at it, doggone the managing editor of that daily in Tennessee and the journalist from the metro paper who.... Read More

Industry-related pubs begin take notice of growing community newspapers

Jun 14, 2016 at 11:31 am by staff

A few months back, I had breakfast with the publisher of a very successful community newspaper in Minnesota. As we walked around the restaurant, I was introduced to local resi.... Read More

A Newspaper Fable

Apr 28, 2016 at 05:20 pm by staff

Imagine with me, if you will. It's January 2020. NFL football has been making record profits, primarily due to product licensing and TV contracts, year after year. After l.... Read More

Making Things Right: Doing the little (and big) things right is the key to success

Apr 20, 2016 at 05:32 pm by staff

The past four weeks have been a blur. I remember driving along a beach in Florida, using a snow shovel for the first time during a blizzard in Minnesota, eating pizza with old.... Read More

You might be losing more than pages with lower page counts

Mar 23, 2016 at 05:24 pm by staff

There is a rule of thumb which almost always proves to be true at newspaper conventions: attendance drops drastically on Saturday morning. There are plenty of theories on the.... Read More

Front Page

What I learned from 6 small Nebraska papers

Feb 22, 2014 at 04:33 pm by staff

So many topics, so little space. This morning, I created a poll on my Facebook wall, which includes thousands of newspaper friends, and asked for help in deciding among three.... Read More

Advice For a New Publisher

Feb 12, 2014 at 04:04 pm by staff

So tonight I was sitting with my son, Zachary, at Dragon Den. After a bite of his eggroll, Zach stopped and turned to ask a question. “Dad,” Zach asked, “what happens with all.... Read More

People are talking bout COLOR

Jan 15, 2014 at 01:38 pm by staff

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 i.... Read More

Tale of Two Newspapers

Nov 13, 2013 at 08:09 am by staff

I had to laugh a few days ago, when I saw my pic on the top fold of the front page of a monthly industry pub with the headline, “Slimp’s invention has served newspaper industr.... Read More

An aMUSEing tale about digital design

Oct 31, 2013 at 03:34 pm by staff

Back in the days of CS5, it became relatively simple for an InDesign user to design a website in InDesign, then export it as a Flash file that could be viewed online. Although.... Read More

Tools & Tips for InDesign and Photoshop Users

Sep 18, 2013 at 09:10 am by staff

I spend a lot of time at newspapers, training staffs in Advanced InDesign, Photoshop and PDF workflows. It’s funny, no matter how long someone uses these applications, there a.... Read More

How Changes at Metros Impact Community Papers

Aug 21, 2013 at 08:54 am by staff

This month’s column is dedicated to my friends in the community newspaper world. So much is going on in our business - and I receive so many messages asking me to write about.... Read More

Software Q & A

Jul 23, 2013 at 08:46 am by staff

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.... Read More

Storm Clouds Brewing at Adobe?

Jun 11, 2013 at 10:57 am by staff

When I was a college student living in Texas, I got used to hearing people say, “Boy, howdy.” This wasn’t a greeting, as you might think. It was more along the lines of “You’.... Read More

Adobe Announces Creative Cloud

Jun 11, 2013 at 10:53 am by staff

My mailbox has never been as full as it’s been lately. Publishers and editors from all over the place have been writing concerning two topics: 1. What do I think about Adobe’.... 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

Improving Ad Design to Increase Revenue

Mar 10, 2021 at 12:30 pm by INT

It’s obvious that everyone wants to increase revenue. I own a publishing company and I can attest that 2020 was a terrible year, in terms of revenue. Unless you live in.... Read More

Affinity Publisher Primed to Take Business from InDesign

Mar 09, 2021 at 12:30 pm by INT

It’s been a while since a column has drawn as much response as my November review of Affinity Publisher, the layout application that has so many designers, editors and p.... Read More

Kevin makes His 2021 New Year Predictions

Jan 07, 2021 at 04:19 pm by INT

As I write this column, vaccines are beginning to make their way to first responders, the New Year has begun, and maybe – just maybe – the world is seeing a light.... Read More

Affinity Publisher: Is it ready for prime time?

Nov 17, 2020 at 02:15 pm by INT

A few years back, I received an email from Nebraska publisher Rob Dump about a design application he’d read about named Affinity Publisher. He asked if I thought he migh.... Read More