Andrew Huff Talks Redesign for Gapers Block

Andrew Huff discusses Gapers Block redesign with DePaul University journalism graduate students on April 4, 2011. (Photo by Michael Reilley)

Gapers Block will be redesigning the home page of their Chicago-focused webzine with a few minor tweaks and additions to the home page.

Andrew Huff, editor and publisher of Gapers Block, broke the news during a classroom visit at DePaul University.

“We’re going to be moving things around on the first page,” said Huff told a classroom full of graduate students.

Traditionally, Gapers Block has a three-column presentation with a picture in the middle. That much will remain the same, but there will be a few tweaks to the contents in those columns.

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Evaluating Journalism of Tomorrow

Our class was asked to read two online articles, Sean Blanda’s “How to resolve the contentious hyperlocal/ newspaper relationship,” and Vadim Lavrusik’s “8 Must-Have Traits of Tomorrow’s Journalists.” Both pieces presented intriguing information in regards to the future of journalism and reporters.

Blanda’s article proposes three interesting ways for resolving the relationship between hyperlocal news and traditional newspapers. All three proposals call for each side to collaborate more and work together to generate content.

He could have gone further by pointing out that newspapers are not the only ones to be taking this route. TV news stations in larger markets are teaming up with bloggers to help them with their local focus. For instance, look at NBCChicago.com. They added bloggers for sports and entertainment (Mad House Enforcer, Grizzly Detail, The Feast, etc.). These blog beats paired with a name brand newsroom, like The Washington Post or NBCChicago.com, show that Blanda’s ideas are being put into practice.

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