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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

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

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

Front Page

End is Near ...Or Is It?

May 23, 2013 at 02:50 pm by staff

Sometimes I'm in a quandary when it comes to deciding the topic for my column. So today, I took to Facebook - you've probably heard of it - and asked journalists to key in wit.... Read More

Kevin Answers Questions From Readers

May 14, 2013 at 04:03 pm by staff

It’s been a while since I’ve answered questions from my inbox. Let’s take a look and see what’s on the mind of readers this month: From Sherry in Tennessee Hello Kevin, Is.... Read More

No need to thank me. But 23 of the largest weekly papers in America are still in business today

Jan 11, 2013 at 09:42 am by staff

Definition: Underwriter "One who assumes financial responsibility for; guarantee against failure. To insure against losses." Hardly a day goes by that I don’t get a call or m.... Read More

Slimp rebuts story on 60 Minutes

Jan 11, 2013 at 08:30 am by staff

My 13-year-old son received an iPod Touch for Christmas this year. I know my son. Probably as well as I’ve ever known anyone. And I knew, given time, he would lose his expensi.... Read More

Even more new tools in Adobe Creative Suite 6

Oct 24, 2012 at 10:14 am by staff

They say that even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while ... My inbox was filled with notes from publishers across the states who were writing to congratulate me on cor.... Read More

Adobe Creative Suite 6: My Favorite Features

Sep 11, 2012 at 09:45 am by staff

It’s that time of year again. Fall means lots of road trips to conventions and training events. One of the things I really enjoy when speaking at a conference is the chance to.... Read More

Kevin Reviews InDesign CS6

Jul 13, 2012 at 07:51 pm by staff

It was with much fanfare that Adobe released the sixth version of Creative Suite. With new versions of InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and more, newspaper designers and publi.... Read More

Do as I say. Not as I do. More backup fun.

Jul 09, 2012 at 02:26 pm by staff

You’ve heard me say it time and time again. Julie, in Minnesota, even wrote to me a couple of years ago to thank me for “saving her life” after convincing her to add backup dr.... Read More

Who'd have thunk it? Optimism creeps back into newspaper industry.

Apr 25, 2012 at 01:39 pm by staff

It’s been an interesting few weeks. In five out of six cities, chairs had to be added to the rooms to accommodate attendees. In New York, I received spontaneous applause when.... Read More

Mailbag: What about those crazy symbols that keep appearing in my text?

Apr 25, 2012 at 01:20 pm by staff

I haven’t pulled out the mail bag in a while. Let’s see what readers have on their minds these days: Let’s start with a text from Tammy in Minnesota Kevin, we need your.... Read More

Peachpit Releases Titles For Newspaper Paginators

Dec 01, 2003 at 08:10 am by staff

With all the new versions of software on the market, newspaper designers find themselves looking for training on a regular basis. Here are two of my favorite new titles: Ad.... Read More

Newspapers Find Alternative to Microsoft Office

Dec 01, 2003 at 08:02 am by staff

If you

Creating PDF Files That Work In Newspapers

Oct 31, 2003 at 03:09 pm by staff

I spent the weekend in Edmonton, Alberta with the staff of the newspaper association. The task was pretty straightforward. Jeff Beardsworth, association advertising director,.... Read More

More Information Concerning Adobe's Creative Suite

Oct 22, 2003 at 08:13 am by staff

Adobe Announcement Rocks Publishing World Two weeks ago, this web site received a record number of hits following an announcement by Adobe that it was releasing new version.... Read More

Adobe Announcement Reverberates Through Newspaper Industry

Sep 30, 2003 at 10:05 am by staff

Sept. 30, 2003 As Kramer, of Seinfield fame, would say,

Photoshop Plug-ins Offered at Significant Discount

Aug 27, 2003 at 12:56 pm by staff

Three of the top plug-in makers and one of the largest stock imagery companies have partnered together to create a unique bundle of products being marketed as The Big 4 Graphi.... Read More

Extensis Releases Mask Pro 3 for Experienced Photoshop Users

Aug 22, 2003 at 12:41 pm by staff

Advanced Photoshop users, a group which includes a lot of newspaper designers, deal with the process of masking quite often. Masking is the process of selecting, then erasing,.... Read More

QuarkXPress 6.0 Review

Aug 12, 2003 at 12:50 pm by staff

For those who have been patiently awaiting the long-anticipated release of the latest incarnation of QuarkXPress, there is good news and bad news. The good news, for Mac users.... Read More

New Books Valuable to Designers

Jul 18, 2003 at 03:12 pm by staff

There has been such a plethora of software hitting the shelves over the past few months that I haven

Acrobat Professional 6.0 Takes Publishing to New Level

Jul 02, 2003 at 04:22 pm by staff

This has been quite a month for publishing software. My mailbox has been filled almost daily with new titles and new versions of popular software and hardware for newspaper de.... Read More