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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

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

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

Recent Columns

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

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

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And speaking of upgrades, Adobe makes an announcement of its own <p>

Jun 03, 2008 at 10:26 am by staff

Adobe had its own announcement in June: Acrobat 9 is ready for public consumption. I’ve been involved in beta testing version 9 for the past year and plan to write a full revi.... Read More

Quark hopes to keep - and attract - designers with QuarkXPress 8

Jun 03, 2008 at 10:16 am by staff

Is it too little, too late for QuarkXPress? I hope not. The more competition the better, I say. Unless it’s a competing paper in my market, that is. The press releases came.... Read More

Kevin Reviews Photoshop Elements, Drive Genius 2 and Publisher Miracle Worker

May 01, 2008 at 09:36 am by staff

Help! My desk used to be under this pile of software somewhere. I keep stacking software boxes on my desk as they arrive from vendors and I can’t put off taking a few of them.... Read More

Kevin Answers Questions About Old & New Software

Apr 03, 2008 at 03:22 pm by staff

There seems to be a recurring theme in my e-mail lately. Problems related to outdated and just released applications seem to abound. Fortunately, my e-mail includes enough var.... Read More

Institute of Newspaper Technology Announces Fall Class Lineup

Mar 08, 2008 at 09:11 pm by staff

We’re in the early stages of completing the schedule for the October 9-11 session of the Institute of Newspaper Technology. If all goes as planned, we’ll have attendees repres.... Read More

Stop The Press!

Feb 29, 2008 at 03:45 pm by staff

I had a journalism teacher in seventh grade who told the class how she once ran into the press room yelling those words. Apparently, she had gotten some facts wrong while writ.... Read More

Newspapers flip over pocket size camcorder

Feb 04, 2008 at 08:40 am by staff

I asked a couple of buddies - one at a large metro paper, the other at a mid-size daily - what camcorder they were sending with their reporters these days. I got the same answ.... Read More

Association membership has its benefits

Feb 04, 2008 at 08:32 am by staff

A funny thing happened to me the other day. Not “ha ha” funny - interesting funny. My wife, who directs a non profit counseling program here in Knoxville, called to say she ha.... Read More

Similar skills, but not schedules, differentiates newspaper design from agency work

Jan 03, 2008 at 01:37 pm by staff

Each year, December offers me the opportunity to do something a little different. Because the convention and training world slows so much between Thanksgiving and New Year’s,.... Read More

You'll Need to Sit Down For This One: Open Microsoft Publisher Files in InDesign!

Dec 06, 2007 at 08:21 pm by staff

Are you sitting? Don’t read any further unless you’re sitting. The news I’m about to share requires that you be in a seated position before reading any further. OK, ready?.... 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