TESTIMONIALS

"Bill is an engaging speaker to all participants with a ton of energy. He keeps everything fresh, real and relevant and is not afraid to point out weaknesses, strengths and push the limits of where our industry is headed. I will definitely attend another seminar where Bill is a speaker."

– Erin Addenbrooke, advertising director, Colorado Community Media

Creative Circle was a natural fit. What I needed was a team with whom I could work with in a collaborative fashion to build a new news enterprise. . . The team at Creative Circle provided the right amount of pushback as part of the creative process.

– Richard Asinof, entrepreneur and publisher of ConvergenceRI

My photojournalism leadership/management book, "Vision, Courage & Heart" got its start with Bill Ostendorf. He was the book’s first editor. He did a great job of putting the book on a winning course. . . He was easy to work with. He was fun to work with.

– Bob Lynn, author of Vision, Courage & Heart

Bill has an uncanny ability to criticize weaknesses in a constructive way and to unearth hidden talents. He talks to people with authority and respect and in turn, people warm to him very quickly.

– Tony Williams, managing editor, The Bermuda Sun

Bill Ostendorf and his Creative Circle team did an exemplary job redesigning The Daytona Beach News-Journal in 2014. Bill managed to unite divided family owners around a design – and vision – for the newspaper that brought it into the modern era. The team successfully trained an initially skeptical veteran staff to embrace change and make the most of a new look and new approach to presenting the news. Launch of the redesign was right on schedule and went without a hitch. Creative Circle’s post-launch follow ups ironed out any wrinkles. Results included a jump in daily circulation, a re-energized news staff and dominance in the design or presentation categories of state and regional journalism contests.

– Don Lindley, former executive editor

Working with Creative Media Circle has been an outstanding success.

– Tony Williams, managing editor, The Bermuda Sun

Who better to assist me in the layout and design of the souvenir magazine than the incredibly talented team at Creative Circle Media?

– Lisa Beauchamp, general manager

It’s always a highly interactive and mutually respectful experience working with the Creative Circle team.

– Lisa Beauchamp, general manager

It was a pleasure working with Bill. He is personable. He is a straight shooter. He is one of the smartest persons I’ve ever worked with. He has an amazing understanding of what it takes to take a newspaper to the next level.

– Bob Lynn, former AME/visuals for The Virginian Pilot & Ledger Star

After one briefing call, Bill and Lynn immediately understood the concept and my needs, and those of the Olympic Committee’s needs. The magazine needed to be vibrant, eye catching, heavy on photos, patriotic to the Cayman Islands and must inspire the reader to keep it as a souvenir.

– Lisa Beauchamp, general manager

Bill Ostendorf has worked with hundreds of publications to improve design, visual impact, content and readability. His vast experience and his problem-solving insights are the essence of his spirited presentations that enrich the skills of his audiences. Bill is a dynamic speaker who loves newspapers and enjoys talking to newspaper people. His work for SNPA has always been excellent.

– Edward Van Horn, executive director, Southern Newspaper Publisher's Association

If you want to improve your newspaper, make it more compelling for your readers, Bill Ostendorf is the best newspaper consultant in the business.

– Bob Lynn, former AME/Visuals at The Virginian Pilot & Ledger Star

(The team at Creative Circle) are always willing to engage about ways to improve the publication and their technology platform.

– Richard Asinof, entrepreneur and publisher of ConvergenceRI

We really love the new website. Looks so great, so user-friendly — our reporters are already on it posting for breaking news, etc. Thank you and your team for all your work with us. It's just great!

– Ann Healey, editor, Colorado Community Media

"Thank you for your help on this project. I think (the web site) looks great. You certainly do not over promise. It does everything you said it would and more with our new requests."

– Jerry Healey, publisher, Colorado Community Media

"Your new design provides a format that not only makes Town Journal more attractive, but easier to navigate."

– Debi Pittman Wilkey, Editor, Town Journal

"The paper is much easier to read and comprehend the content."

– Reader of the Times News in Kingsport, Tenn.

"That design Denise did for the pocket program was brilliant!"

– Cindy Durham, Assistant Executive Director, Southern Newspaper Publishers Association

"We’re having more of a conversation with our readers."

– Linda Kleczewski, managing editor of NewsTribune, La Salle, Illinois

"We saw an almost instantaneous change. Readers have really noticed."

– Linda Kleczewski, managing editor of NewsTribune, La Salle, Illinois

"We knew from the outset that [Mercury magazine] had to look — and feel — very different from the daily newspaper. Working with Creative Circle allowed us to accomplish that in an extremely short amount of time. I’m not sure we could have done it as efficiently or as effectively without them."

– Sheila Mullowney, managing editor, Newport Daily News

People attending (Bill's) workshops always come out with information they can take home and put to work right away.

– Jim Angell, former executive director, Wyoming Press Association

Working with Bill was a learning experience.

– Joyce McCullough, publisher, La Salle (Ill.) News-Tribune

“No other content management system we came across in our search could deliver the ease of use along with the capabilities to do what we wanted to do. They simply weren’t out there.”

– Michael Hopkins, ANC's vice president for external communications

"What we didn’t know was that the designers at Creative Circle Media could take us so far in such a short time."

– Matt Lane, Editor, McAlester News-Capital

“This wasn’t just a redesign. It was a reimagining of the workflow.”

– Mark S. Murphy, editor, Providence Business News

He a very knowledgeable guy. What I like about him is he’s everything you need in one person.

– chief executive officer, Osteen Publishing Co.

That eye for detail while also instituting broad changes that have great impact - that’s a great combination.

– Mark Fitzgerald, editor of The Inlander

I'm pretty particular. For them to get a glowing review from me, that's not easy.

– Don Foy, technology specialist, The Herald-Citizen

"He’ll challenge you. He’s like a therapist who will tell you to get over your stuff."

– Parks Rogers, publisher, The Baldwin Times

Lynn (Rognsvoog) is fantastic to work with. She’s fast, she’s diligent, she never panics.

– Mark Fitzgerald, editor of The Inlander

(Lynn) is genuinely there to help us reach our goals. She was willing to explain things a few times just to make sure we understood what we were doing.

– Kaitlyn Akers, editor-in-chief of Le Provocateur

"Bill is well worth the money."

– Joyce McCullough, president and publisher, Daily NewsTribune Inc.

I’ll tell you, the team up there, they were very helpful. They’re welcome down here anytime.

– Cliff McCollum, editor, The Baldwin Times

“People have just really responded to the fact that we are now telling their stories through their own words. They have a greater sense of ownership. It really is their newspaper.”

– James Henry, executive editor, AgriNews

“Creative Circle understands newspapers. They keep up with the behaviors of the reader.”

– Roger Bergenheim, publisher, Providence Business News

“The students were impressed with the patience and dedication of the Creative Circle staff to the students and redesign project.”

– Michael Guilfoyle, executive director of communications, Assumption College