Meckling 4-H'ers hold meeting

The Meckling Livestock 4-H Club met Dec. 19, 2005 at the 4-H Building. The meeting was called to order by President Stacey Bottolfson. The roll call topic was "What do you want for Christmas?"

The treasurer's report was given by Gerrit Heine. Motion to move to old business was made by Gerrit Heine, seconded by Ashley Ouellette. In old business we discussed the 4-H Recognition Event, our club received second place in the Outstanding Club and Community Service Awards. We also received an award for the most new members.

Many members received individual awards for their participation � way to go club! We discussed the community service projects that were completed this month. In new business we prepared some thank yous, discussed the upcoming Farm Show, the Sioux Empire Farm Show Judging, and discussed our next community service project.

Demonstrations were given by Erika Fallan on "How to decorate a Christmas tree"; Kelsey Fallan on "Sheep Byproducts"; Abby Ouellette on "How to wrap a present."

The next meeting will be held on Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the 4-H Building. Hosts are Allison and Andrew Heine and Breanna Bottolfson.

Abby Ouellette, reporter

News design topic of Rotary

The Vermillion Rotary Club met for its weekly luncheon meeting Jan. 31 at the Neuharth Center on the USD campus. President Mercy Hobbs presided, and Father David Hussey opened with prayer. Three Vermillion High School seniors were welcomed as visitors who told something about themselves and their plans for the future. They are Meagan O'Connor, Nicole Orr and Michelle Olson. Three additional guests were introduced. They were Sarah Gloden, assistant dean of the College of Fine Arts; Laura Jenski, vice president of research at USD; and Ron Johnson, a journalism professor at Kansas State.

The membership was informed of a donation to Rotary from Wal-Mart as part of the $35,000 donation to local community groups at their grand opening, and of a Rotary Permanent Fund award to Roger Kozak as a benefactor.

Chuck Lubbers, dean of the School of Journalism, again introduced Ron Johnson of Kansas State as the speaker for today. He is a member of the Society of News Design as well as a professor of journalism. He began by showing a power point presentation titled "News By Design." He stated that there are five things to watch for when looking at the design of newspapers. The most important is the content of the newspaper. He also emphasized that content drives the design of the paper. Many newspapers spend thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars on new designs for their newspapers because of the competition for readers in an environment of ever increasing sources of news such as television, the Internet and blogs.

Another important consideration is determining the best way to tell the story. A third important building block is the typography. It needs to be simple and clean so it is easily read. A fourth building block is to frame the content with white space so the reader is not presented with a confusing clutter of stories. The fifth building block of good newspaper design is strong photography to help tell the story.

Every year the Society for News Design holds an international competition for best news design with hundreds of international entries in 50 categories. Johnson is currently producing the fourth edition of a book of the best designs for the society. He considers it a labor of love. He then showed a presentation of examples of the best-designed newspapers from all over the world. He concluded by taking questions.

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