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1999: That was then ... The Plain Dealer was clearly a paper with potential. Consistently in the top 20 of U. S. circulation, privately owned, with spectacular new press facilities, seemingly limitless resources and a smart (albeit mature) workforce, it was poised to do wonderful things. But when it came to photography, graphics or design, those wonderful things weren't clearly defined. Ironically, the visual departments most lacked a vision for what they wanted — or needed — to be.
Illustration: Brainstorming didn't involve visual thinkers. Poorly conceived and executed images were a result of too little time and even less information about the story focus. Conversations between visual journalists and editors were rare.