Welcome to the Journal Redesign blog, an experiment to enable two-way communication about an important newsroom initiative: a redesigned print edition.
It’s been more than a decade since The Journal had a significant redesign. We’re working toward a fall launch for a revamped, revitalized version of the print edition. Along the way, I’d like to hear what you like and don’t like about the current design, to hear your suggestions about what our new design should incorporate, and get your feedback about the changes proposed by the architect of the redesign, Gayle Grin, is thinking about.
It’s not just newsroom staffers who can take part. I’d like everyone who works at The Journal to be able to see what’s planned and to have a chance to be part of the discussion. So please join us as we begin the process of breathing new life into the pages of the Edmonton Journal.
Editor in chief
Meet Gayle Grin, who will be leading our redesign project. She brings a lot of experience and a high-profile resume to the task.
Gayle is managing editor, design and graphics, at the National Post and has helped many other newspapers in the Postmedia group with redesigns, including the Times Colonist in Victoria and the StarPhoenix and Leader Post in Saskatchewan.
She is former president of the Society for News Design, an international organization for news media professionals and visual communicators. She was feature design director at The Gazette in Montreal, where I worked with her in the 1990s. When she was at The Gazette, she won a National Newspaper Award in the design category.
Gayle joined the National Post as part of the design group that launched the national newspaper and has since headed that team. She has won more than 170 design awards, including gold, silver and judges’ special recognition for her work at the National Post and The Gazette.
Apart from all of that, she is creative, smart, fun and a great listener. I know you’ll enjoy getting to know her when she gets here.