How to make a basic Google map 7/25/16

By Nicole Simmons, regional digital editor, GateHouse Media New England
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Here's how you can make a "basic" map with just one or two points on it. Because, you know, people like to know where things are happening.

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Covering counterfeits with the La Junta Tribune-Democrat 7/18/16

By John Crouch, social media coordinator, GateHouse Media's Center for News & Design
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The La Junta Tribune-Democrat recently published an informative reaction to an increasing number of counterfeit bills found in the area. Editor Candi Hill's piece is a wonderful example of not only excellent newsroom planning, but also of how her three-person newsroom localized a well-documented national issue. She talks about her process for putting the piece together and how other newsrooms can replicate the piece in their own areas.

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AJC investigation finds broken system forgives sexually abusive doctors in every state 7/18/16

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's analysis of up to 16 years of public records shows sexual improprieties and misconduct involving doctors of all types: psychiatrists seducing the emotionally fragile; urologists subjecting women to lewd remarks during intimate exams; family practitioners fondling minors; pain specialists exchanging prescriptions for intercourse; anesthesiologists molesting sedated patients; obstetricians raping patients who came to them for care.

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Could a front-page editorial end the budget crisis in Illinois? 7/5/16

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The power of the press was demonstrated last week in Illinois when the General Assembly passed stopgap budget measures – on the final day possible – that will keep K-12 schools open, benefit the state's colleges and social services, and provide funding to keep state government operations afloat. The stopgap measures came one day after more than 60 newspapers joined the State Journal-Register in a coordinated editorial effort (with many of the editorials on the newspapers' front pages) declaring "Enough" and demanding that a budget be passed.

In the following Q&A column by Jean Hodges, senior director of content for GateHouse Media, Editor Angie Muhs explains the process the editorial board took to decide to run a full-page editorial on A1, along with an explanation for readers that runs on the inside editorial page.

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We’re trying out Snapchat – are you? 6/14/16

By Nicole Simmons, regional digital editor, GateHouse Media New England
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For the past several months, a group of GateHouse Media journalists around the country have boldly gone where many journalists before them have not – Snapchat. It's a tricky tool ... but it's where the youngsters are!

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Four substantive story ideas for Father’s Day 6/7/16

By Tim Schmitt, project manager, GateHouse Media
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Father's Day offers an opportunity to discuss substantive issues concerning fatherhood, many of which don't otherwise find their way to the light of day. Here's a list of four ideas in advance of dad's big day that can keep your readership talking.

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Making an impact in Sarasota 5/24/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent
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Over the last few years, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune has undergone a newsroom reorganization and setting of priorities that could be adapted to "whatever media environment exists." Read about the paper's top four priorities.

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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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Six ways to use social media on your education beat 5/16/16

By Lynn Arditi
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If you're like a lot of reporters, your social media skills amount to scanning Twitter and Facebook. Here are some tips from a recent presentation, "Mining Social Media for Reporting," at the Education Writers Association National Seminar in Boston.

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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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