Price of Paradise: Newspaper series focuses on critical need for affordable housing 5/16/16

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To examine the implications of the town's clash of resort prices against rural wages and an extremely tight and pricey housing market, the Post Independent published "The Price of Paradise" in September. It was both a traditional newspaper series, with five stories, and a modern multimedia project, with a 20-minute video documentary in a market that is not served by a TV station.

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4 ways to take advantage of your old stories to generate new audience 5/9/16

By David Arkin, senior vice president of content & product development, GateHouse Media
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David Arkin says he hears over and over from GateHouse newsrooms that they are seeing stories pop to the top of their most read and most shared analytics that are months and sometimes years old. It's definitely worth spending time examining how you could maximize the engagement of those pieces.

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Make a Google map with layers you can turn on and off 5/9/16

By Nicole Simmons, regional digital editor, GateHouse Media New England
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A map that shows locations over time allows the user to pick which units of time they see on the map. Here's how you can make that happen.

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8 ways to make your graduation coverage social and mobile 5/3/16

By David Arkin, senior vice president of content & product development, GateHouse Media
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Graduation season is around the corner. And as social media and video become such essential tools we use to report, here are a few ways you can use both for your coverage.

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3 things a good story pitch should make you do 5/3/16

By Corina Curry, reporter, Rockford Register Star
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As part of GateHouse's Pinnacle project, Rockford Register Star reporter Corina Curry traveled to the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune newsroom to work on an upcoming story. After spending time pitching her story to editors in Sarasota, Curry offered these tips on honing project pitches.

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5 data mapping tool alternatives to Google Maps 4/19/16

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Google's custom maps are a great place to start visualizing location data, and for many datasets, the tool does the trick. But don't stop there – beyond Google Maps there is a world of digital mapping tools full of different aesthetic and functional possibilities. Spark your inspiration with these five data mapping tool alternatives to Google Maps.

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Three in-depth topics small newsrooms can get working on 4/19/16

By Tim Schmitt, project manager, GateHouse Media
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Your newsroom might be small, but your ideas don't have to be. Here are three topics small newsrooms can start digging on today, with an eye on producing a piece that will get your community talking in the future.

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Compare photos, hide the big reveal using Juxtapose 4/12/16

By Nicole Simmons, regional digital editor, GateHouse Media New England
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You've probably seen them before – side-by-side photos with a slider tool allowing you to compare two photos, usually a before shot and an after shot. Before the tornado, after the tornado. A location as seen in 1976, the same spot today. You probably thought they were cool and wondered how they were done. Let us show you how, using the Knight Lab tool "Juxtapose."

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3 lessons you can learn from your analytics by digging deeper 4/12/16

By Jean Hodges, senior director of content, GateHouse Media
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Newsrooms have been staring at their analytics and sharing them for years, right? What else could we possibly learn from these numbers?

Here are some tips to find out how to learn from the information that comes from analytics to ensure your coverage is deep and meaningful in ways your readers will appreciate.

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5 tips to make list content helpful and fun 4/4/16

By David Arkin, senior vice president of content & product development, GateHouse Media
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Here at GateHouse Media, we have asked our newspapers to create lists on a consistent basis. We don't believe lists are or should be a form of click bait. We believe they are a great way of concisely packaging content that helps provide readers information they can use. If you are doing a list, here are a few things I would suggest you do and don't do.

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