Databases for education reporting and back-to-school coverage 8/30/16

By John Crouch, social media coordinator, GateHouse Media's Center for News & Design
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Schoolhouse (reporting) rocks, because of the infinite amount of reporting to be done, but can also be a little overwhelming for the same reason. Here are some favorite databases for school data that all reporters ought to have in their arsenal.

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Use Google Sheets for your online prep sports stats 8/2/16

By Tim Schmitt, project manager, GateHouse Media
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It is imperative to have a plan for the fall sports season. What's wonderful about the prospect of a new school year is the potential to update not just the master plan, but also the processes you use to fill those plans.

Here's a prime example: Why not update the way you keep high school sports statistics?

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Return of the society section 7/26/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent
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The State in Columbia, S.C., has just gone old school. At the beginning of July, The State began printing free announcements of engagements, weddings, anniversaries and debutantes. And, the publisher is reporting phenomenal response. "Readers love it."

The service is cross-promoted on social media and with The State's Carolina Brides magazine.

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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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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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Austin American-Statesman launches area’s go-to tech site: 512tech.com 3/28/16

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As Austin's technology industry and community have grown, so has the Austin American-Statesman's coverage of them, leading to the development and launch of the tech-focused site, 512tech.com.

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3 tips for digging deeper into crime reporting 3/11/16

By Tim Schmitt, project manager, GateHouse Media
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A domestic violence case that ended with the mother of two being gunned down as she left work turned into an enterprise piece that posed the question: Is there a need for reform when it comes to the traditional bond system? Here are tips for creating these types of enterprise reporting.

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