USA Today's loss is a loss for all of Gannett: J. Ford Huffman (above), who helped design the paper's original prototype, is one of the first of 43 newsroom employees leaving in a wave of buyouts announced Thursday. "He's been invited to Gannett newsrooms more than 50 times to lead discussions about writing and presentation and to advise on design," the Society for News Design says on its blog. Memorably, SND says, Huffman designed the front page of the top-selling Sept. 12, 2001, issue (see below) that SND magazine called "an unprecedented national statement." Thanks, J. Ford!
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