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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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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