“Every time you tear a sheet from a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and new progress. “
– Charles Kettering, inventor and businessman
The Albuquerque Journal, with a history dating back to the 1880s, has ripped through many calendar pages and has never been afraid to look to the future.
So that was in 2021 – and so it is with 2022.
To begin with, we’re ringing in the New Year with a new flag at the top of our homepage. The Journal’s eagle has had several appearances over the years (older versions are at the top of this page; the new version is front and center). The bold Albuquerque Morning Journal serif flag was likely created using some type of hot metal. Between the two world wars, the flag was redesigned to prominently display a design of a stylized eagle with outstretched wings.
In the 1980s, the flag was redesigned and the eagle was reduced in size. The eagle was further reduced and moved below the typography in the late 1990s. More recently the words have been stacked up, with different versions created for various uses online.
But, in today’s world, our inconspicuous flag almost disappears compared to other company logos. It was hard to find the Albuquerque Journal on the Isotopes dashboard, for example, even though we’ve been a major sponsor for years.
And, in the digital world, it still gets lost a lot.
So, enter Dean Gianopoulos of Accord Creative LLC, a longtime Albuquerque agency that has designed logos for Jaynes Corporation, Hello Deli, Heads Up Landscapers and more.
His ideas for the Journal flag were presented to the Albuquerque Publishing and Journal teams, who made suggestions. What has emerged is a classic, but bolder and easier to read typeface, and a simpler, more modern eagle that is easily reproducible for our various products and sponsorships, both in print and digitally.
The new flag retains the identity of the eagle with a major nod to the future. So it is with the Journal itself.
It’s been a year of change – a new website that we continue to refine and improve; the bittersweet move of our printing process to Santa Fe, as well as the savings that allowed us to maintain a strong and dynamic editorial team; an expanded Sunday opinion section aimed at including more local voices; and a new partnership with KOAT-TV and KKOB News radio.
We have witnessed the retirement of longtime employees as valued as investigative reporter Mike Gallagher, whose memoir appeared in the Journal last Sunday, and photo editor Dean Hanson and photographer Jim Thompson, who had worked at the Journal for 70 years. Designer George Gibson, who has worked for the Journal for 45 years, leaves us at the end of the month. You’ve never seen his signature, but you’ve seen his work on Opinion and other pages that required a special creative genius to make today’s news compelling and interesting.
Editor-in-chief Kent Walz, who retired as editor-in-chief almost five years ago after more than 35 years at the Journal, is also leaving the newsroom. Over the past four and a half years, Kent has remained a member of our editorial board, provided key legal advice, led our team of investigative journalists, and produced dozens of face-to-face interviews with some of the most prominent and / or interesting of New Mexico. people. He remains one of the main champions of government transparency and a valuable sounding board.
Going forward, we are filling Mike’s investigative journalist position – continuing to strengthen the Journal’s role as a primary watchdog and advocate for government transparency. We are also filling several other vacancies and creating new ones with a view to the future.
Over the past year, the Journal has participated in Table Stakes, a program sponsored by the American Press Institute with assistance from the Maynard Institute. It has required a serious soul-searching of how we cover and disseminate news.
One of the crucial “aha” accomplishments was the importance of attracting a new and diverse audience beyond our traditional readers. With that in mind, one of our main hires was Andy Smith, Associate Editorial Page Editor and Director of Reader Engagement, a bilingual native of South Texas who graduated from Farmington High and spent much of the time. of his career in Colorado. Andy will spend a lot of time meeting – and writing about – organizations and individuals that you don’t often see in Journal articles. Andy is not alone; The Journal’s newsroom as a whole will reach out and practice the journalistic profession with a greater emphasis on researching and presenting the stories of all New Mexicans.
It’s a delicate balance. We cherish our loyal readers and will not stray from our mission to focus on local news – good and bad – by being the guardian of the First Amendment, remaining a forum for opinion and debate, and providing you with the answers. what you need and want.
But we’ll also make room for coverage of new ideas and communities, and new ways of delivering that information, including increased use of digital resources.
A New Year is a time of soul-searching – to be grateful for all we have and take a fresh look at what we can accomplish. This is what we do at The Journal and we invite you to share your comments with us as we go along.
I invite you to send me your comments by sending me an email at [email protected] I will be using this space once a month to answer some of your questions and provide insight into how decisions are made in the newsroom.
Good year! 2022 will undoubtedly bring challenges, but may it also bring many blessings and joy.