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Editor’s Notebook: Chronicle unveils redesign of newspaper

Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 11:12 p.m. CDT

Astute readers likely have noticed that the cover of today’s Kane County Chronicle has undergone a redesign.

In addition, some design tweaks have been made inside of the paper, including the use of more prominent section headers, as well as a revised page 3 – where the Face Time and Out and About features are located.

“The new look of the Kane County Chronicle is the result of a six month-long project to refresh Shaw Media’s print products to make them more uniform, but with each keeping its own identity,” wrote my coworker R. Scott Helmchen, managing editor for production and design for Shaw Media, in an email about the redesign project.

“We wanted the design of the Kane County Chronicle to be modern and clean,” he wrote. “The front page was redesigned to declutter it, making it more readable while adding more teasers to inside content. We also added very visible links to Kane County Chronicle social media pages.

“The inside page headers were designed to anchor each page from the top, letting the reader easily identify that page’s content. The sections of the paper now have a clear visual link with one another. In addition, a uniform color palette was adopted using shades of red and blue that are pleasing to the eye.”

Thanks to Scott for helping lead the redesign project. Comments about the new design can be sent to me using the contact information at the end of this column.

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Two more college students have started summer internships at the Kane County Chronicle.

Aurora resident Natalie Wickman attends Marquette University in Wisconsin and is planning to major in journalism, with a minor in women’s and gender studies. And Bartlett resident Samantha Kummerer is a student at the University of Missouri, where she is planning to major in journalism and minor in business.

During her internship, Natalie – who wrote several stories as a freelance writer for the Chronicle last year – wants to become a faster writer who can compose better anecdotal leads to her stories.

Meanwhile, Samantha notes that she is willing to do as much as she can during her internship. She has significant video experience, but would also love to build more photo and writing skills.

Have a comment or story idea for Natalie or Samantha? They can be contacted at nwickman@shawmedia.com and skummerer@shawmedia.com, respectively.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle and president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at kgresey@shawmedia.com or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at http://ninaonline.org.

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