WE’VE COME A LONG WAY ...Pick up a pre-2003 copy of High Country News, and you might find it hard to believe that you’re looking at the same publication. It was in ’03 that we ditched the black-and-white, pick-it-up-for-a-quarter-at-the-local-diner design that had been the paper’s signature since its founding in 1970. We shrank the size of the pages, got a heavier cover stock, and splashed color across the cover. Two years later, we spread color to the inside as well. Although a few readers griped that the new look was too flashy, we have worked hard to maintain our unique homegrown feel, while giving it more quality and a little more edge.
In late February, we learned that our new design efforts, coupled with a drive for serious photojournalism, have landed HCN two "awards of excellence" in an international newspaper design competition. "The Gangs of Zion," designed by HCN Art Director Cindy Wehling and featuring the work of freelance photographer JT Thomas, won under Special News Topics (HCN, 8/8/05: The Gangs of Zion). In the Redesigns category, HCN won for its Uncommon Westerners page. The pages will have a spot — alongside the likes of the L.A. Times, The New York Times and Le Monde — in the Best of Newspaper Design Annual produced by the contest’s sponsor, The Society for News Design.