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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

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 (or who) to believe about the state of newspapers

May 11, 2017 at 02:48 pm by staff

I don't know about you, but my life seems to get busier with each passing day. I just finished publishing my second book in a month, began work on a major project to help rais.... Read More

Closer to home: Health of newspaper largely depends on ownership model

Feb 23, 2016 at 01:00 pm by staff

It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: "What do you get when you gather 760 newspaper executives and ask them how things are going at their papers?" That's just what I di.... Read More

Dancing with the one who brung me: Answering questions from readers

Jan 13, 2016 at 06:30 pm by staff

An editor in South Carolina wrote to me yesterday, "I'm always amazed at your productivity." I get that a lot these days. Since yesterday, I've written an opinion piece that's.... Read More

In 2015, I visited a lot of Successful Papers

Dec 22, 2015 at 01:08 pm by staff

I've been training and advising newspapers for 21 years, every since Larry Smith asked me to come look over his operation in LaFollette, Tennessee back in 1994. I worked with.... Read More

The best word to describe Minnesota Newspapers: PHENOMENAL

Nov 18, 2015 at 09:40 am by staff

The best word to describe Minnesota Newspapers PHENOMENAL There's a reason I love my work so much. There's a reason that there are folks around the country waiting for me to r.... Read More

Dead at Deadline!

Aug 26, 2015 at 09:00 pm by staff

In retrospect, I love the email subject line: "Dead at deadline." The email came to me at 6:15 last night, just as I was getting ready to take my two teenagers out for dinner..... Read More

Newspaper Hall of Fame unveiled July 17

Jul 20, 2015 at 02:58 pm by staff

The Tennessee Press Association Foundation did it. On Friday, July 17, 2015, the new Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame was officially unveiled at a celebration that included pu.... Read More

Adobe Bridge: There's a surge in interest

Jul 03, 2015 at 01:24 pm by staff

When a person visits as many newspapers as I do, he starts to notice similarities. It used to be that most papers wanted staff training in InDesign (or QuarkXpress in years pa.... Read More

Top four reasons some newspapers aren't having a good year

Jun 20, 2015 at 12:16 pm by staff

"It's a quarter to three," sang Frank Sinatra, "no one in the place 'cept you and me." I'm not sure why that song comes to mind. It might have something to do with the fact th.... Read More

Thinking about your newspaper's future

Jun 02, 2015 at 11:19 am by staff

I don’t know about you, but I’m not much of a sitter. By that, I mean I can sit through speech for a few minutes, but then I usually start to get bored. That’s when my mind st.... Read More

Getting a Handle on Photos is Key Ingredient of Asset Management

Sep 28, 2004 at 04:19 pm by staff

Asset Management is a hot term in our business. Ten years ago, most newspaper designers had never heard the term. Now, one of the most frequently asked questions when I visit.... Read More

Three Books to Help Newspaper Designers Take Control

Sep 28, 2004 at 04:16 pm by staff

Peachpit Press recently released several excellent books which would fit well on any newspaper designer

Roxio Toast 6 Titanium: The Best Keeps Getting Better

Aug 31, 2004 at 10:30 am by staff

If you

ALAP Offers Useful Plug-ins for InDesign Users

Aug 31, 2004 at 10:13 am by staff

ALAP InEffects Dazzles InDesign Users When potential users hear about all the bells and whistles available in Adobe InDesign, they sometimes get the impression that the ap.... Read More

Map Resources Offers High Quality Maps to Spark Newspaper Design

Aug 31, 2004 at 09:53 am by staff

Map Resources publishes high quality, royalty free, digital maps created in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Each map is fully editable, allowing users of Illustrator and Phot.... Read More

Adding Ports, Without Adding a Hub, to G3 and G4 Macs

Jul 23, 2004 at 03:06 pm by staff

There are few times I envy my PC using friends. Prior to the G5, I wondered why many Windows-based computers came with USB ports on the front, while Mac users had to move to t.... Read More

A Little Relief for Powerbook and Notebook Users

Jul 23, 2004 at 03:03 pm by staff

There are no desktop computers on my desk. I like the freedom of taking my computer wherever I go. There are some disadvantages to working on a notebook system. One is that th.... Read More

Stopping the Spread of Spam to My PC

Jul 23, 2004 at 02:58 pm by staff

Recent surveys indicate somewhere between 60 and 85 percent of all email is spam. It amazes most observers when they learn that I receive approximately 400 to 500 such message.... Read More

Kevin reviews hardware, software and book for newspaper designers

Jun 28, 2004 at 04:01 pm by staff

So many products, so little time. With the release of several major software titles over the past few months, we

Favorite Product List Summer 2004

Jun 01, 2004 at 04:50 pm by staff

Each year I take the opportunity to create a list of my favorite software and hardware products for newspapers. This list is by no means exhaustive. It merely represents an at.... Read More