Charles Apple

A longtime news artist and designer, Apple is the former graphics director of the Virginian-Pilot and the Des Moines Register. He teaches design and graphics workshops, does some consulting work and blogs for the American Copy Editors Society.


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How Sioux Falls marked the death of George McGovern

South Dakota war hero, senator, presidential candidate and world hunger relief advocate George McGovern passed away Sunday at age 90. Here's how his hometown paper, the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, played the story today on page one. (more...)
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How Super Tuesday election maps could be improved

‘Tis the season for election maps. Big ones, small ones. Red ones, blue ones. They’re out there, despite the fact that big maps of the U.S. don’t really come into play until it’s time to tally electoral votes in … Read more

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How does the brain perceive & process news online?

Why is it that most news sites are so difficult to navigate? Why does “intelligent Web design” seem like such an oxymoron?

We discussed these topics and more in a live chat with Paul Bolls, associate director and co-director of … Read more

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How the Indianapolis Star plans to enhance its Super Bowl coverage with visuals

In advance of this weekend’s Super Bowl, I chatted with Scott Goldman, director of digital and visuals at the Indianapolis Star.

The Star historically works hard to find interesting ways to cover sporting events, from the 2010 college basketball Final … Read more

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The problem with all those ‘patchwork’ Iowa state maps on Caucus night

As you might have seen Tuesday night, a number of news sites showed county-by-county results of the Iowa Caucus as they rolled in late.

But did the maps actually tell us anything? With seven or eight candidates vying for … Read more

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What Caucus season is really like for journalists in Iowa

It’s not often, living here in Virginia Beach, that I get homesick for Iowa in the middle of winter.

But I do have fond memories of Caucus season — despite the fact that I spent only one election cycle in … Read more

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Journalists circumvent LAPD restrictions during Occupy LA evictions

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More than 200 Occupy LA protestors were arrested and removed Tuesday night from City Hall Park. Covering the arrests was a media pool selected by the Los Angeles Police Dept. in a meeting announced less than two hours before it began. The pool consisted of 12 journalists, who were asked to share reporting with each other before publishing to their own sites. (more...)
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Newspapers spend too little on advertising their product

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Newspapers spend less than 1 percent of their revenue on advertising, compared to Coca-Cola's 14 percent, says David Higgerson, head of multimedia for Trinity Mirror Regionals in the U.K., who learned that fact at a recent Society of Editors conference. Coca-Cola's spending, writes Higgerson, "ensures we remember who they are and what they do. Newspapers … have been forgotten by many people." He suggests that better promotion of newspapers might be in order:
  • Make promotions local.
  • "Don’t over-sensationalise for the sake of it."
  • Consider promoting anything -- even job listings or cartoons, if they merit it.
Earlier: Newspaper Association of America tries to sell U.S. readers on the notion that "Smart is the new sexy" | Does Coke's ad on New York Times website violate its policy against ads that look like Times content? (CJR)
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Dallas Morning News publisher: 7-day-a-week publication ‘sustainable for another decade’

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"We have far from given up on the print model. We're not modeling how to diminish it," James Moroney, publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News, tells Caitlin Johnston of the American Journalism Review. "I still think the seven-day-a-week business can be sustainable for another decade." Last month, the News' vice president for audience, Mark Medici, told the Inland Press Association conference that "we know in three years we won’t have a seven-day paper"; Moroney later said that it was all a “misstatement or a misunderstanding.” Related: Medici named vice president of audience and digital strategy for the Austin American-Statesman.
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Media criticized for being too hard on Cain, not hard enough on Romney

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CJR's Brian E. Crowley acknowledges that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain showed ignorance of an immigration issue last week, but he questions how aggressively the national media jumped on it. The issue that stumped Cain this time: Miami Herald reporter Marc Caputo asked the candidate how he felt about the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy regarding Cubans trying to come to the U.S. Crowley writes:
The ledes to many a Cain’s Day in Florida stories wrote themselves: grab that familiar (and, not unfounded) Herman Cain is a foreign policy know-nothing story template, plug in fresh anecdote, and, file!
The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza, meanwhile, takes Mitt Romney to task for his first paid campaign ad, which includes video of President Barack Obama saying, "If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose." Lizza points out that Obama was quoting an advisor for John McCain:
This is one of those cases where a candidate has put out something that is demonstrably false. If a journalist or writer quoted someone in such an intellectually dishonest way, you would never trust the person’s writing again. And yet this episode is being reported by some as a clever tactic by the Romney camp to spark a debate about the ad’s accuracy that will serve to highlight its overall message that Obama has been a failure. (See, it worked!)
Related: Wolf Blitzer calls Romney ad a "new low" || Earlier: New Cain campaign ad accuses media of "high-tech lynching" | A viewer's guide on how  to watch campaign ads
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