Tabloid in Print, Tiled Online: The Reinvention of The Daily Wildcat at the University of Arizona

Later this month, The Daily Wildcat at the University of Arizona will officially unveil its new identity — sleeker in design, more responsive online and on mobile and more digitally-friendly in the newsroom.

In a new College Media Podcast chat, Daily Wildcat editor-in-chief Jessie Webster lays out the details behind the components at the core of the outlet’s reinvention. The main four:

1) A cutback in print from daily to thrice-weekly.

2) A print redesign built around tabloid.

3) The creation of new staff positions — including digital editors for every section — and some related newsroom workflow adjustments.

4) A redesigned website set to embody the tiled design scheme of sites like Pinterest.

Webster, the paper’s former design chief, also offers advice to student media designers and explains why she draws inspiration from SURFER Magazine and the Spanish-language newspapers featured on Newseum’s “Today’s Front Pages” feature.

To listen in, click here or anywhere on the image embedded below. To check out the full College Media Podcast stream, click here.

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