The Society for News Design yesterday criticized Gannett's decision to deploy design hubs at five of its newspapers.

The design hubs - at the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, (Nashville) Tennessean, Des Moines (Iowa) Register and (Phoenix) Republic - will paginate content for sister Gannett papers (see N&T Dateline, July 13, 2010).

Gannett said it will spend $15 million on software, including a CMS anchored by CCI Europe's NewsGate. Gannett in 2007 took a similar approach to photo toning, centralizing those operations at the Des Moines Register and Indianapolis Star.

Read SND's open letter here.


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